Last week I was walking in the mall looking for a few specific items. I usually go directly to the store I have planned to visit and try to avoid just walking around the mall but this last week I had the time and it was raining outside so Allie Jo and I decided to take a walk in the mall. It was fun to look at all the new stores but I felt quite content just walking around. I didn’t feel a need to buy anything that I had not planned to buy prior to coming to the mall nor did I have a want to buy anything. I started looking around at all the people shopping and it occurred to me I could not tell if they were content or not. Was the lady walking down in the mall dressed in the latest fashion, content or not? Was the couple sitting on the bench, content or not? Were the teenager girls in front of me in line, content or not?
Websters dictionary defines contentment as a state of mind in which one’s desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be. Webster defines uncommon as something not often found, seen, or experienced. God calls us to be a people different than those living in the world, we are called to be content in our lives. 1 Timothy 6:6 from the Amplified Bible says:
6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of [a]inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.
Those who possess contentment have immense profit or an advantage or gain above others. Who would not desire an advantage in their life? This advantage comes only by living a life that is pleasing to God.
Discontentment is a sign of living in the world; greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions cause discontentment. Hebrews 13:5 from the Amplified Bible states:
5 Let your [a]character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] [b]Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor [c]give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [d][I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor [e]let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)! [[g]Assuredly not!]
How does the topic of contentment relate to money? We are called to be content with our money too! Regardless if your annual income is $30,000 or $150,000, you can find contentment. The Author of Hebrews repeats 3 times to provide emphasis, that God Will Not leave you helpless. I will never know if the lady walking in the mall, the couple on the bench, or those teenage girls are content nor do I need to know. What I do know, is that God knows your heart condition and if you are content. I know God will provide a sufficient amount of money to meet all of your needs if you trust Him. I know God will provide a financial advantage to those who live a life pleasing to Him. I know this because His word say’s it. And I know this because I am a living example of it. I am more than OK with being uncommon to live a life of contentment.