But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out;
but having food and covering we shall be therewith content.
But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Over the years, I can see all of the purchases we’ve made out of discontentment. Of course, what is past is past, and we can only move forward choosing to be more mindful of what drives us to make unneeded purchases. Just recently, I had to talk my husband down from making such a purchase. He has been wanting a big flat-screen TV for quite a long time now. We don’t have a TV and have not had one for years. We’ve simply chosen to be content watching shows on Hulu and blue-ray movies we borrow from my family on the PS3 we got from my husband’s family last year. The kids also have a portable DVD player in their room that they can watch their own movies on. I’d say we have it pretty good. But, then we go over to my parent’s house where my father has a huge plasma screen in his basement. That’s when it is hard for my husband to be content with what we have.
Now, I realize that I’m picking on my husband here. So, I’ll pick on myself for a little while now. My area of discontentment is food. I’ve confessed this in an earlier post, but I think I need to bring it up more than once. Maybe putting it on this blog will help me be more frugal when it comes to food. I love convenience foods. I didn’t grow up in a house where dinner was made from scratch by Mom every night, so I was used to just throwing in a pizza, making mac n cheese, or even cereal for dinner. So, when I go to the grocery store, I tend to be drawn to those types of food, even though I know that it would be more cost effective for our family to purchase ingredients and make meals in bulk to freeze. It would also be more cost effective to make my husband’s meals from scratch, since he needs to eat gluten-free foods and the gluten-free convenience foods are twice as expensive. So, this is where my discontentment lyes. I am not always content with our food budget and grocery list that I have to stick to in order to save money.
This is where God’s Word helps us to be content. Those that followed Christ in the Bible were content to just have their needs met. And, sometimes, they didn’t even have the essentials. Some were thrown in jail where they had nothing, and yet they were still content in just knowing Christ.
I like to step back every so often and remind myself that we are truly blessed above and beyond most when it comes to material possessions. I also try to remember that my husband could lose his job at any time. We take so much for granted when we are not truly content with what we have. But, when we finally find that place of contentment, the Bible says we will have great gain.