A Contentment Conundrum

Monday, January 30, 2012 Posted by Anitra Elmore

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MP900444553[1]I want to be content with what I have.

I also want to move past where I am right now and, quite frankly, experience some of the finer things in life. I want to be grateful for what I’ve been given, but there’s quite a bit of it that could definitely use an upgrade.  Is my desire for “better” contrary to being content? I asked Jesus, and He responded in a parable about some pretty interesting people…

Meet Fred. He’s on the fast-track. He’s never met a promotion he couldn’t conquer and if there is stuff to be had, he’s got it. For Fred, it’s always about what’s new, what’s now and and what’s next. If you’ve got it, he wants the upgraded model. If you need it, he’s no help at all.

Then there’s Wilma. She’s a whiner. If she has it, she hates it. If she wants it, she sees no way of getting it. She has enough to share with others, but keeps a tight grip on every dime. She’s never satisfied and she makes sure everybody knows it.

Now, meet Greg (nope, not Barney!). He’s quite a groovy guy. If he’s got it, he’s grateful, and if he doesn’t have it, he doesn’t go crazy pursuing it. He works hard to excel, but exceling is not what makes him tick. He appreciates having enough to meet his needs and both his heart and hand are open wide, always ready to  give.

Greg gets it.

While Fast-track Fred and Whiney Wilma sink beneath consumption and complaints, he’s living a balanced life, propelled by the power of contentment. I love that his heart and hand are open—it’s not only the perfect posture for giving, but it positions him to also receive. He understands that contentment is not synonymous with settling, and the key to maintaining balance is saying thanks. I’m looking for Grateful Greg because he and I definitely need to hang out. If you know him (or if you are him), we need to connect. I want what Greg’s got, and I won’t be content until I have it.

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

 


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