“But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” I Timothy 6:8 (NIV)
A friend invited my husband and me to her home for a small party. “Someone from my church will be sharing, too,” she added. Ready for a night out, we were happy to accept.
After some cookies and socializing, a man set up a projector in the living room. We assumed her church friend planned to share a mission trip experience. I settled on the shag rug beside my husband as the first photo appeared.
A huge shiny Cadillac. I blinked. This was an odd missionary report.
The speaker clicked through slides of mansions, boats, and exotic vacations. His smile grew shinier. “What do you dream of? You can have it! Don’t be content with what you have.” I quickly realized he was there to recruit for a direct sales company.
Our world is quick to fuel our discontent. It’s easy to be caught up in endless striving and grasping. But Jesus has a better plan for us. He has called us to a place of contentment and trust in Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that we don’t have to endlessly strive for more and more, but that instead we can be content in You. Help us trust You for whatever we need, and celebrate the gifts You send our way. Amen.
Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us” – uplifting and entertaining novels about ordinary people called to extraordinary challenges. She’s won several Carol awards for both contemporary Christian fiction and fantasy, and was a Christy Awards finalist for The Restorer – a genre-blending adventure of a soccer-mom in an alternate world. When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family make their home in the Midwest.