Saturday, February 13, 2016
Morning Psalms: 30, 32 | Evening Psalms: 42, 43 Ezekiel 39:21-29 | Philippians 4:10-23 | John 17:20-26
“…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound…” (Phil 4:11-12)
When we read that Paul says that he has learned to be content in all things, we tend to think of his (and our) struggle for contentment when we have little. However, I have found that contentment is often hardest when we can easily get the things we want. Here, I have to ask not what I want, not what I can afford, but what do I need. And what I need is Christ and to do the work to which Christ has called me. This perspective requires us to have a singular focus. It asks us to pass over some beautiful things, some very good things, for a greater good. In the end, contentment is not about getting by with less: it is about investing our time and resources where God wants to use them most. Nothing that is given up for the Kingdom is wasted.like a good vintage tweed jacket. There is something special about finding a well-broken-in jacket at a thrift store. Like an old pair of jeans, it has lost its stiffness and its boxiness and just feels right. These jackets can be found pretty inexpensively. In fact, I once found a very nice British-made, Harris Tweed jacket for just six dollars. New Harris Tweed jackets often cost hundreds of dollars. The thing with vintage tweeds is, because they are so inexpensive, a person could easily fill up his closet in a short time if he were lucky. I recently have had to pass up some very good tweed jackets because I just didn’t need them. It was not always easy, but I felt that it was the right thing to do.
Almighty God, whose Son left the glory of heaven and lived as one who had noplace to lay his head, help us resist all temptation to earthly gain, and instead submit to a spirit of contentment, that we might be rich in your grace and love, through the same, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Rev. Rick Gillert (MDiv Student) Atlanta, GA