Fall is here. The trees blaze in adornment with majesty
of brilliant color. Th.e warm breezes blow whistling their
tunes of sleep to come and there is a picture of contentment everywhere we
look. The Thanksgiving table will soon be set with all of its trimmings and
Norman Rockwell captures the moment for all to enjoy. -- ----- The larger question, however: Have we learned
to be content?
that serene fall landscape and the thanksgiving setting, we know and realize
that many in the world, maybe even one or two of us, live
in perpetual discontent ruled by circumstances. Paul writes to the Philippians
that: "whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty
or want" he has learned to be content.
And the reason he has learned to live in contentment is because discontentment
always spells trouble. When we live in. discontentment there is never enough, we're
always wanting more; more profits, more
wages, more possessions, more....more....and more. When we try to be
self-sufficient and self satisfied,
what we're really seeking is a false contentment. The Stoics used the Greek
word for contentment to describe a
life-style of wanting little and not caring, which basically meant, that both a
desire to and feelings for were eliminated simply by an act of the will.
Now that sounds pretty good I suppose except fbr the fact that self-imposed
contentment robs us of joy and peace.
The Apostle Paul describes true
contentment as Christ-sufficient and Christ-satisfied. He writes: "I
can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Jesus was content to do the Fathers will. Me came
to earth in some difficult circumstances where the forces
of hell were pitted against him. Yet, He could enjoy the
lilies of the field, sleep peacefully in a stormed tossed boat and stand silent
before his tormentors. - As
we celebrate Thanksgiving and our fall season, let each of us learn the meaning
of true contentment, doing everything through Christ who strengthens us.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Jake