Hurricane Matthew has been a great reminder this week of what is “enough”…of the little amount of things that we really need when it comes down to it. If you’re a planner like me, you may have gotten a few things together that were important to you just in case and put them in an extra safe place nearby. As I gathered things together I noticed what I “needed” was a short list compared to what I normally would think. I gathered the essentials.
When I look at the news on my phone or on TV, I’m confident those in the direct path of this horrible hurricane would agree with the verse, “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.” – 1 Timothy 6:8 (The Mom in me however would have to say, “If I have food, clothing and my pictures of my babies” I will be content.J)
But, in reality, it has been said that our society is marked by “inextinguishable discontent”. We want what we don’t have. We want a better house with better furniture with a better view. We want a better marriage, and a better job and a better iPhone. And, aren’t we all guilty of wanting the next experience – the next weekend, the next vacation, the next new thing? It’s never enough.
It seems that we are never satisfied…never content with what we have right in front of us. And when I say “we”, I’m definitely including myself. I remember when we were newlyweds; I wanted what my parents had accumulated over decades. When we didn’t have any kids yet, I desperately wanted a baby. When we purchased our first starter home, I wanted the established house. In my early 40’s, I can find myself wondering why people in their early 30’s seem to have it better than I did at their age or even do now. Why is it no matter what stage we find ourselves in, when we have enough, it doesn’t seem like it’s enough?
We hunger for the deep-down, satisfying kind of contentment that the Apostle Paul had (Philippians 4:12); yet, we struggle to attain it. Our lack of contentment causes us to look around us at what others have so we’re not satisfied; but, contentment has everything to do with what is happening on the inside…not the outside.
Think about it, you hopefully have a beautiful family or people around you who love you, you have food, you have shelter, you have clothes. Would you like to have more funds to make more Target runs? Maybe. Would you like to have a more up-to-date, bigger house? Probably. Would you like to have your co-workers clothes or at least the job they have to afford to buy them? There’s a good chance of that.
But, enough is enough. It really is. Only when we try to keep up with the Joneses or what society says we should or shouldn’t have do we feel robbed. Refuse to give in to this way of thinking. You have enough. Give thanks and be content.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world,
and we can take nothing out of it.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-7
Leslee has been married to her elementary school sweetheart, Jeff, for 21 years. They have two children: Lauren and Garrison and one adorable dog, Potato. Their family loves taking walks, traveling, going to Disney World and just about anything that allows them to spend time together.