1 Timothy 6:6 

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But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. - 1 Timothy 6:6

Dear Jesus,

Like everyone else I am duped into believing that the more I have the more content I will be. Like a carrot hanging from a stick out in front of me, I get tempted to pursue an elusive contentment.  But here you give me the answer.  When I am satisfied with the godliness you give freely through the gospel and learn to be content with what I have from you both spiritually and physically, then I have great gain for my heart and soul.  I am at peace and I feel settled, rich and strong. I don't need anything to feel satisfied.  I am already satisfied to know I am owned by God and destined for glory.  Everything I have now pales when compared to what you are promising for the future.  I can weather losses with spiritual optimism about life with you forever.  My life is truly hidden with you by faith.  Thanks for giving me freely what I could never get by ardent effort, that is; contentment. 


Pastor Don Patterson

Contentment is not getting what you want but wanting what you get from God.