“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” I Timothy 6: 6-8 New International Version
When I was a new mom I had the privilege of babysitting my friend Molly’s five young kids. They lived in a two-story with lots of space, comfy sofas and fun toys. I left my controlled first-child environment every month to enter her world of mud pies, kids running over to neighbors, and boys up trees. It freaked me out, but it was good training for my uptight first years of parenting.
One of my most memorable nanny visits included serving the kids their dinner and then putting them all the bed. No complaints and no whining erupted during the consumption of the healthy stew of rice, meat and veggies.
Then John, the six-year-old, piped up: “Hey, I think we should have ice cream for dessert!” I yielded to the chorus of eager voices and pulled the half-gallon container from the freezer and opened it. My heart fell! In the corner of the carton was a small leftover lump of ice cream. “Oh no”, I thought, “they will be so disappointed.”
All heads were bent intently over the open container and four-year-old Ben looked up at me and exclaimed: “Yay! There’s enough for each of us to have a spoonful!” A rush of hands sought the cutlery drawer and passed spoons out. In a daze, I held the carton steady as they dove in and came up with beaming smiles, smacking their lips with gusto on their small morsel of sweetness.
Seventeen years later I am still telling this heartwarming story to others and to my own heart. Contentment with what I am given by God is a great benefit. “Great gain” says the Scripture in the Bible.
What do we gain by godliness and contentment mixed together? Where do I begin? Enjoyment of what we have, calm hearts, peaceful relationships with others are just a sample of the realities.
What inspires you to live life with contentmenl?