VERSE OF THE DAY:
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Take a look at how the comic acts out this verse. Both Jon and Garfield have ice cream cones, but Garfield has the sprinkles. For all of the ice cream lovers out there, sprinkles are magical, they are something really special. So, Jon feels short changed, his ice cream no longer seems that special. So, what does he do? He tries the disinterested approach by saying, “Sprinkles aren’t so great”. Really though, they are so great; ice cream with sprinkles and ice cream without can hardly be compared. Sprinkles are something special.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
-1 Timothy 6:8
Why are we never content with the things we have? We are never satisfied with the things we posses, the life we live, or the future for which we plan.
I think that many times we are not content with what we have because we are defining contentment by what we can gain. I think that we are not satisfied with our possessions because they posses us. When things become more valuable to us than lives and moments we have lost our true purpose. How can we be content living a shell of the life we should, a shadow of what we were meant to be?
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
In the comic, which shall henceforth and hereafter be called “Example A”, we see Jon discontent with his ice cream, which he was perfectly content with until Garfield walked in with his. What is the problem here? Is it that Jon’s ice cream suddenly did not taste as good? No, because nothing happened to his cone. Is it that Garfield had better ice cream? Not necessarily, it was the same ice cream; the difference was that Garfield had something more.
Jon’s ice cream suddenly became not good enough when he realized that there was something more out there to be had. Jon was discontented with what he had because of greed, lust, jealousy.
Yeah, I know that’s a lot to read into a comic. But isn’t that what we do as well? I mean, if it can apply to a comic strip, surely it applies to us also. When we see that someone has something better than us, has something extra, something more, we pull the fairness card. “That’s not fair! Why do you get to have that and I don’t?”, well, if everything was fair there would be no carnivals.
Seriously though, life isn’t fair. Whenever someone cries out, “That’s not fair!”, I want to jump up and tell them what is and what isn’t fair. You know what’s not fair? I’ll tell you what’s not fair: God’s son died for your sins, that’s not fair. Jesus Christ came down from heaven to pay the penalty you earned and take the punishment for your crimes, that’s not fair. Praise God that life isn’t fair! If it was, you would be in Hell right now.
Jesus saved us when we didn’t deserve it, we should be too happy to become dissatisfied.
Contentment is being satisfied with what Christ did for you on the cross. Contentment is needing nothing more to be happy, but rejoicing in every good gift God gives as a blessing. Looking for a reason to be content? You can stop looking now.
Considering what Christ did on the cross, the fact that we have eternal life through Him and are no longer condemned; and in light of the fact that our sin has been paid for and we can be with God in heaven for eternity; just knowing that He is with us as we make our journey home: it’s not so hard to be content with what we have. And, you know what… Sprinkles aren’t so great anyway.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist