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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Contentment-Driven Life

About a decade ago, Christians got on board the whole "Purpose Driven Life" fad. At the time I embraced the notion with a certain degree of enthusiasm  because I was sick to death of the self-centred motivational titles floating around in bookshops.
A book that begins with the sentence, "It's not about you" seemed to me to have the right idea.

Ironically a book that begins with "it's not about you" does end up sounding like it is about me.

At the end of the day, it was a motivational book intending to get Christians off their rear ends and out there doing good.
Whether it did that, I can't say. But doing good works isn't the mission of the church. Helping people find their purpose in life isn't the mission of the church either.
Okay, I'm being provocative.
(Not really)

And while I'm in a provocative frame of mind... I want to start a new fad... I want to start the Contentment-Driven Life.

Contentment... how hard a concept is that?
Contentment as antidote to materialism, not an excuse for mediocrity. Contentment with simplicity, to embrace the ordinary vistas of life. To be content is to master oneself, one's appetites.

In this consumerist age... the distractions and temptations are many. But when I fill up my life with stuff, I seem to feel emptier.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. (1 Tim 6:6)
It's impossible to be content without God though. But if He is your treasure, then all else pales in significance. If we find joy and pleasure in him, then we won't need stuff to make us happy. Stuff will just be stuff... useful, fun and convenient.

Now, how do we instill that in our kids?

3 comments:

  1. It might just be me, but "contentment" and "driven" just don't seem to go together all that well.

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  2. It's a work in progress. ;-)
    Think it sounds a bit oxymoronic, do you?
    I was more thinking of the "intentionality" aspect of "driven".
    Must think on it some more.

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  3. Yes, it does sound a bit oxymoronic. Think up something original, rather than riding on the back of something else :-)

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Let me know what you think!