Senior Pastor, Reverend, Paul Allan
Dear First Church Family,
As we approach the fall I have been preparing for our annual stewardship program in October, Thanksgiving in November and then Christmas in December and I am thinking about the word "contentment".
The story is told about a pilot who always looked down intently on a certain valley in the Appalachians when the plane passed overhead. One day his co-pilot asked, "What's so interesting about that spot?" The pilot replied, "See that stream? Well, when I was a kid I used to sit down there on a log and fish. Every time an airplane flew over, I would look up and wish I were flying... Now I look down and wish I were fishing."
One dictionary defines contentment as "The state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with the way things are." I wonder just how many people today are truly content with the condition of their life. The Bible has a good deal to say about contentment - being satisfied with what we have, who we are and where we are going. Jesus said "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" (Matthew 6:25).
It seems Jesus is telling us to be content with what we have. He has given us a direct command not to worry about the things of this world. Then He adds, "For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:32-33).
It is not a sin to look fondly back at the time you have enjoyed any more than it is to look forward to something new that you would like to do. But from Jesus' words, we can deduce that lack of contentment is problematic and opens us up to sin. It can compromise our spiritual wellbeing putting us in the same category as those who do not know God.
But, we are a people who do know God who will meet all of our needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. So let us be content with what we have and who we are in Him.
By His Grace,