How Content Are You?

Recently I heard the story of a gentleman who wasn’t content with his house. He had lived in the house for so many years; He wished the front door faced a different direction; He wanted different kinds of windows; He wanted a house with the latest and greatest appliances, etc.So, the man consulted a realtor about putting his house up for sale (the current housing market was strong), and to help him find the house of his dreams. The realtor went to work.In about a week, the realtor shared the qualities of a house that the man might be interested in. The man was so excited that the realtor was quick to come up with a potential house with so many fine features. At that point, the realtor let him know that those fine highlights were the features of his current house which she was getting ready to list. Interesting.Contentment is an interesting quality. Oftentimes, in wanting things to be better, it’s easy to forget the fine qualities of the things we have. Satisfaction with the blessings of life and striving for a better tomorrow is a beautiful balance to live with. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him (Christ) who gives me strength” (Philippians 4: 12,13).  –Jeba Moses