by Rex Yancey

How to Get a Handle on Contentment
Rex Yancey
Philippians 1:13

Contentment is like picking up a bucket without handles. It is bulky and hard to carry. This is true for the Christian as well as for the non-Christian. How can we get a handle on it?

We are not naturally contented. All we have to do is to observe children to confirm this fact. They are not satisfied with their toys. They always want something else.

Adam and Eve were not contented with what God gave them in the garden. The opposite of contentedness is covetousness.

-I think most of us would agree tonight that contentment is a virtue. I think we could also agree than not many people have this virtue. We praise contentment but we fail to practice contentment.

-I was the pastor of a church in one community where one family owned half the town. The word was they didn't want all the land; they just wanted the land that joined them.

We are born to YEARN. Tonight I want us to think about being born to EARN and LEARN. We can never have enough to produce contentment.

-How many of you want to be happy? You can't be happy unless you are contented. 1 Timothy 6:6 "But godliness with contentment is great gain."

Contentment softens our privations and sweetens our privileges. But lack of contentment will sour our possessions.

-When you start complaining just remember there are a lot of people who would trade places with you.

¬ Is there a handle to contentment? Is there something we can latch on to so we can possess it? If there is, I want to know what it is.

Ecclesiastes 4:8 should be the verse for this generation: "There is one alone, and there is not a second, yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor, neither is his eye satisfied with riches, neither shall he be, for whom do I labor, and bereave my soul for good? This is also vanity, yea it is sore travail." Vanity means chasing after the wind. T ...

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