May 5, 2020 - Contentment
When I woke up this morning contentment was on my mind. I wondered why it is so difficult for some people to be content during this covid-19. Why should our governor, Larry Hogan and County Executive, Angela Alsobrooks have to do regular press conferences, public announcements, etc. addressing us and telling us to stay home! During these last several weeks, I have learned to appreciate and be content with what I have. This is a time for us to enjoy and appreciate what we already have at home. Too often we spend time at Home Goods, the mall, Home Depot, Tractor Supply or other places looking for more things and sometime we already have what we need.
I don't know about you, but if we stopped to look around for projects to be completed, we could find many of them to work on. Staying home also provides an opportunity for us to listen to our favorite music, play games, fix fancy meals, work in the flower beds, clean your cars, clean garages, dust the entire house, be in conversation, watch movies, work in garden, read your Bibles, exercise, write letters, read books, call friends and relatives, etc. Stay home can be fun if we discipline ourselves to be content with what we already have.
Too often we rely on other things, other people and places to make us content and happy. We are forced to stay at home during this pandemic where lives are being lost daily. Yet, we still have people who cannot be content with staying home. Why do we have to believe there is something better out there, when the very best that we have is right at home?
In Philippians 4:11-12, the apostle Paul says, "I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little, for I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
Take time today to appreciate what you already have. Be content with the blessings God has already bestowed upon you. Wearing face coverings and gloves is a safeguard to protect us from covid-19, but it is not a cure all. We are content at home because we do not have to practice safe distancing, nor wear gloves and face coverings. We feel free to do whatever we wish to do at home without restrictions.
Take time today and reflect on how far you have come. Think back to the days you really did not know the Lord. Be glad that God has provided many comforts for us in this life.
If we are to be content, we must first know who we are and not worry about who others think we are. We know ourselves better than anyone else. Take time to give God thanks for all that you have and be grateful. Pay attention to what God is doing in all of our lives today. I admonish you to find that level of contentment within yourself and you will be free of some of your stresses.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, "True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing into this world, and we can't take anything with us when we leave it. So if you have enough food and clothing, let us be content."
If we are going to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, we must stay home and be content.
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor