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Contentment Is Possible

By Don Loftis | 10.31.18

Contentment is a rare commodity in our American culture.  Professional advertisers spend millions of dollars to maximize our desires for things we don’t have — cars, clothes, bodies, cruises, food.  In addition, they seek to create guilt, if we are not giving our children every social, academic, recreational or spiritual opportunity.  How can a person be content, when their life is “missing so much?”


This conflict makes the reading of Philippians 4:11-13 even more difficult.  How could Paul be equally content in times of prosperity and adversity?  How could he face being full and hungry with the same assurance?   The answer was simple; he had learned to rely fully on the Lord’s power in all circumstances.


A group of former students visited a retired professor and poured out their career stresses and frustrations.  During the afternoon he served them coffee, but in a variety of cups.  Some were plastic; others were glass.  Some were new; others were chipped and stained.  As they drank, he commented that the cups mattered very little, because what they wanted was the coffee.   He then observed that life was the coffee and their jobs and positions were merely cups.  Paying too much attention to the cups (job stresses) could easily cause one to miss the flavor and aroma of the coffee (life).


Life ought not be measured by a house, a car, a job, a hobby or even one’s health.  It should be measured by the smiles experienced today and the hope one has for tomorrow.  As the professor said that day, “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything.”



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