Of course, there is a great gain in godliness combined with contentment. — 1 Timothy 6:6

Contentment can mean being satisfied with what you have, without constantly desiring more. It’s a state of peace and gratitude, rather than anxiety over belongings and wants.  St. Paul emphasizes that real gain comes from the inner peace and purpose found in living a godly life, not from material possessions.

Yet, these days we are constantly bombarded with reminders of what we don’t possess, and if we can only acquire the latest toy of the moment our life will be full. I admit I am guilty as charged. I fill out a Christmas List every year asking for a red pick up, as if it would bring me contentment and peace. I wonder if the richest of the rich feel contentment. I doubt it.

St. Paul tells us that we won’t find contentment in riches or fame. We can only can be content when we are gentle, kind, generous,  and filled with love. Seek God’s purpose for you, and contentment will follow.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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