Contentment #6 – Black Thursday
Noble Baird | Guest Services Director
By definition, content is the state of being pleased and satisfied, not needing more. In the fast-paced culture that we live in, the word “content” is often lost amongst the business and hustle. It amazed me to see this past Thanksgiving that stores were opening for Black Friday at 6 PM on Thursday! Instead of filling the seats around the dinner table or sitting and simply enjoying one another’s company around the family room, people were filling the lines outside stores to get a good deal. Those “good deals” come from the want for more stuff, the newest cell phone, television, video game, pajamas, etc. However, the ones we have, more often than not, still work perfectly fine. It is ironic that people leave “Thanksgiving” early to get more and more stuff.
Now, I am sure many of you have heard 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” However, I want to read it in light of the four verses before it. In 1 Timothy 6:6-9 Timothy writes, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” Here, Timothy is trying to refocus a busy and growing culture. He is trying to remind them about two characteristics that bring true joy and happiness: godliness and contentment.
Being content is something that I have struggled with, and I know there will be times again where I will struggle. However, I love this passage because of the reminder that Timothy gives you and me to stop, breathe, refocus, and see all God has blessed us with. Sure, we may not have the newest iPhone or 20K television, but we have food on the table, and a roof over our heads, don’t we? So, as we move forward every day, do not forget to refocus and see the blessings that God has given us. Chase after godliness and contentment, not money and riches of this world.