“As a godly woman, contentment is one of the most beautiful “garments” you can wear. In your marriage, contentment speaks straight to the heart of your husband. It says, “What you do for me is enough, and I am grateful”. And I’m not sure we could say anything sweeter to his ears than that!”
Isn’t it funny how we all know about the importance of being content, but it’s so hard to develop the habit? Can you imagine how drastically our lives would change if we embraced true contentment AND TAUGHT OUR CHILDREN TO DO THE SAME?
Living in America proves the greatest irony of the human condition…the more you have the more you want. AND, more doesn’t make one better (usually is has the opposite effect).
And Paul was right…the love of money (or things) is the root of all kinds of evil. Even in our debates about the root of abortion, the root of divorce, the root of–fill in the blank, we can trace them all back to the love of money.
We want a better life–for ourselves and for our children. But our definition of *better* is so distorted!
In pursuit of this “better” life we sacrifice life itself…on so many levels. We sacrifice our own unborn children, either by preventing them, or killing them in the womb. We sacrifice the lives of the ones we do have by abandoning them in order to work and make more money so they can have that “better” life, when a better life would just be more of ourselves, more of our sanity, and more of our tranquility.
And we prove over and over that we really don’t believe the Bible. Listen carefully to Paul’s words in 1 Timothy:
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”
Food and clothing…he doesn’t even mention shelter!!! Think about the things we covet and complain about not having! Oh that we could strip ourselves of this worldly burden of greed and just be content.
As a godly woman, contentment is one of the most beautiful “garments” you can wear. In your marriage, contentment speaks straight to the heart of your husband. It says, “What you do for me is enough, and I am grateful”. And I’m not sure we could say anything sweeter to his ears than that!
But when we keep lists of all the things we need and want, without even realizing it, we tell our husbands that his hard work is NOT enough; that we are not grateful for the energies he constantly pours out to provide.
I try to think of the children of Israel and the wrath of God they evoked through their discontentment. Try to find time today to read Psalm 78. It is a telling chapter of God’s anger over their complaining. And it is a word meant for us still today.
“Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers…but they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy….Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious;…because they did not believe in God and did not trust in His salvation.”
Contentment is closely related to faith; believing that God is our provider and allowing ourselves to be settled that what He gives, we will receive with gratefulness.
Let’s spend our day today counting our blessings, naming them one by one. What beauty exudes from a woman full of contentment and gratitude!
And be sure to tell your husband that you are grateful for his hard work, then show him your contentment!
Part 8: Make-over: Wise Women Build