Never Enough

[135 words] Someone asked John D. Rockefeller, the richest man of his time, how much money is enough? He replied, “Just a little bit more.” Lots of people have that problem. We think if could just make a little more, we would be set. But when we get that little more, it isn’t too long till we are saying the same thing just with an increased amount.  The Preacher tells us this truth in Ecclesiastes 5:10-11: “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. When good...

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Getting What You Want

[394 words] Two little teardrops were floating down the river of life. One teardrop asked the other, “Who are you?” “I’m a teardrop from a girl who loved a man and lost him. But who are you?” The first teardrop replied, “I’m a teardrop from the girl who got him.” Life is like that. We cry over the things we cannot have, but we might cry twice as much if we received them. There is ample proof, even apart from the Bible, that receiving what we want does not always work for the best. Take, for instance, Buddy Post of...

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How to Be Content

[427 words] In Philippians 4:11, the apostle Paul said he learned “how to be content.” How did he do that? Over his years living the Christian life, Paul learned contentment does not depend upon circumstances. Happiness in life can exist in poverty or in riches. It is not the presence or absence of money that determines whether people can be happy. Instead, it is learning contentment without any circumstances at all. In Philippians 4:12, Paul wrote, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be...

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Contentment

[330 words] 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.”...

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Contentment

[129 words] “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). We clamor for happiness. And usually happiness is dependent upon certain desires within us. A new car might make some happy. Or a new puppy. Or dress. Or house. Or mate. Happiness is a circumstantial matter. If the conditions are right we feel happy. But there is something far greater to be grasped than this. Contentment has nothing to do with our circumstances. Paul was shivering and hungry. Yet he found contentment in his faith. He had plenty at one time. You see, our joy does not depend on...

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