Among all the characters or attitudes that a Christian must have, I must admit that contentment is one of those things I find hard to grasp and take a full scope of. It's just that I'm not convinced things will get better if I get contented with everything that I have in life. I mean, will things actually change if I start being content?
Yesterday at church, we got to listen to Pastor Jim as He spoke about the importance of contentment and how King Solomon disregarded it to the point of losing His relationship with God. Knowing the vast wealth and riches of King Solomon, it is truly hard to understand how he couldn't be content with all that he had. Materialism kept him apart from the nation he ruled, for instead of thinking about his nation's welfare, he focused more on executing his power and lived a lavishly good life! The thing is – he may gained the whole world, but in the end, he lost his soul. In short, he lost all of which are the most meaningful things in life – things which were obviously worth more than his money, fame, riches and possessions.
After hearing yesterday's teaching, based on some of the statistics that Pastor Jim had shown on his slides, I realized that making the most out of life and living a meaningful life is more significant than just owning several mansions in the world, having the most majestic cars in town and being a billionaire – or even a thrillionaire!
Living a life of contentment may be hard, but one thing's for sure: that is the ability to enjoy whatever life throws at you and in the end, experiencing the authentic riches we all have in Christ Jesus.
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