"Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food & clothing, we will be content with these."
(1 Timothy 6:6-8)
Enough. It's a human quest, isn't it? To get enough. But the quest varies, depending on the situation, and where one lives in the world. We int he "developed" areas have a different perspective on "enough," compared to millions upon millions of others around the world. When WE think about "enough," what comes to mind? Money... security... transportation (ie. car, trucks, minivans, etc.)... houses (and mortgages!)... clothing & jewelry... hobbies... vacations... health... happiness... sexual fulfillment... the list could go on and on. What we we longing for when it comes to getting "enough"? And how much is enough?!?
Paul recognized this universal quest about 2,000 years ago. He called his disciple, Timothy, to find contentment. Godliness + Contentment = Great Gain! Pursue the basic necessities, he writes. Be content with your "stuff" and focus on the work of the Kingdom (rather than your quest for more stuff!). Work to help others get enough - especially those who who struggle with basic needs.
LORD, help me to be content. Break the chains of "more!" that call out to my heart! Let me find my contentment in you... and work to help others get enough. AMEN.