As I spent time this week cleaning out my house and preparing for a yard sale, I became convicted by the enormous amount of stuff I have collected! At some point in time I bought each of those items thinking it was something I needed. Some of them we did use quite a lot and the kids have out grown them now.  But some of the things were never used and were clearly not needed. One verse kept coming to mind. 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment. For we brought nothing into this world and we cannot take anything out of the world.” Contentment means satisfaction in God’s sufficient provision. Does this mean we should stifle our desires and resolve ourselves to be dissatisfied when there is something we want? Absolutely not. When God says, “Be content,” he whispers to those who walk with Him, “I am enough. Find your satisfaction in me.” Notice the key here is that we must be walking with Him. We must have a relationship with Him where we spend enough time with Him to identify the Spirit’s whisper into our souls. That’s why 1 Timothy 6:6 says godliness and contentment come together as a pair. You don’t get one without the other. Contentment is more than just a satisfaction with material things. Contentment is a satisfied attitude about life – a grateful perspective. Take time today to stop and thank God for his generous provision in your life. It will transform your attitude and your day!

-Sharon Carmichael


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