July 18, 2014
Dear Church Family,
I like the story about the man that felt crowded in his little hut, because in addition to his wife, kids, and pet dog, his elderly parents were also living with him. So, he went to talk to the village wise man about the situation and the wise man asked him if he had a rooster? He said, “Yes.” So, the wise man told him to move the rooster inside the hut and come back and see him in a week. He came back the next week and told the wise man that things were worse than ever. The rooster was crowing all the time and making a real mess in the hut. The wise man asked, “Do you have a cow?” The man reluctantly said, “Yes.” He then said, “Move the cow into the hut and come back and see me in a week.” Over the next several weeks, the man on the advice of the wise man—made room for a goat, two dogs, and his brother’s children. Finally, he couldn’t take it anymore, and in a fit of anger, kicked out all of the animals and guests, leaving only his wife, his children, and his parents. The home suddenly became spacious and quiet, and everyone lived happily ever after.
I like this story because it illustrates that contentment depends upon our perspective as much as anything. Paul says in Philippians, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” His ability to do this does not come from within himself. It is based upon his relationship with Jesus Christ because he goes on to say, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Financial expert Dave Ramsey says, ““Contentment is not a destination. It’s not a place you leave from, and it’s not a place you go to. It’s the manner of traveling.” So, contentment is enjoying the journey of life confident that God will supply all of our needs in Christ Jesus. I am content because in Christ I have all that I need and that is enough.