More from Contentment
CONTENTMENT part 2
How do you cultivate contentment in a world constantly trying to
make you dissatisfied with everything you own?
The Myth of More:
- When I get MORE then I’ll be CONTENT.
- If some is GOOD then more is BETTER.
- More is the key to LIFE, HAPPINESS & SAFETY.
Contentment is a DECISION of the heart, not a DESTINATION in life.
How do you end up with more of what really matters in life?
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Contentment is found in God, who has given me all that
I have to ENJOY & to leverage for GOOD.
Rich [def]: having more than you need; having extra
Beware of Two Common Traps:
- More makes me a SOMEBODY.
- More provides SECURITY.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Generosity’s Great Mystery:
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
If American’s want to become happier, healthier people who live with greater purpose, suffer less depression, and enjoy more personal growth, one way they might better accomplish that is to learn to be more generous. The scientific evidence shows clearly that more generous people are doing significantly better in their lives in many important ways.
Christian Smith & Hilary Davidson, The Paradox of Generosity
How do you practice generosity?
Am I leveraging what I presently have for good?