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There was a father who was known by his family to be a chronic growler. He complained about everything. He was sitting one day with his family in the presence of a guest in the living room when the subject of food came up.

One of the children, a little girl, was telling the guest what food each member of the family liked best.

Finally, it came to the father’s turn to be described. “And what do I like, Nancy?” he asked. “You,” said the little girl slowly, “Well, what you like most is anything we haven’t got.”

There are some people like that, who simply are never content. If they’re served one food, they want something else. If it’s hot outside, they want it to be cold. If it’s cold, they want it to be hot. And they’d rather be ANYWHERE else other than where they’re living right now!

To the young man Timothy, Paul wrote, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8). Since most of us seem to need far more than that to be content, we are challenged by Paul’s words!

But, to Paul, they weren’t just words to be spoken and discussed.“ They were words to be lived out. Despite the fact that Paul was writing from prison, he was able to say, “l have learned in whatever state l am, to be content.” (Philippians 4:11). In the next verse, he said that he had learned to be content with a lot (which would be easy for most of us), but he was also content with little. The reason he could be content because he had Jesus Christ, and that was all he needed to bring contentment.

Do you have food? Do you have clothing? More importantly, do you have Jesus? Have a contented day!

Alan Smith
Hooker, OK

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