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Recently a catalog arrived in our mailbox, featuring furniture, dishes, flatware, decorative items for the home, etc.
The best words I can think of to describe this merchandise are gaudy and pricey.
Reminds me of a story my dad told. After a cowboy visited Neiman Marcus department store in downtown Dallas he remarked, “I never knew there were so many things I don’t need.”
The cure for discontent
I’m impressed with these passages from the apostle Paul:
“. . . I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am . . . I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13).
“But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).
Developing a satisfied soul
In our consumer-oriented culture, does getting more and more make us happier and happier?
Paul was a truly happy man. He said, “I have learned to be content . . . .”
It’s something we must learn.
There’s nothing in that catalog I want.
But there is something you and I would do well to desire.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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