On my way to work, when I'm not trying to find a traffic report, I listen mostly to our local Christian radio station and a program called "Truth for Life" with Pastor Alistair Begg. Last week, he had a two part talk on The Secret of Contentment. I wonder if all those people who bought into the lottery frenzy a while back felt a little sting if they heard it? Here is my Reader's Digest conversation starter centered on Phillipians 4:
He goes to work to watch the clock
as weeks and months drag on.
She’s longing for retirement
when she can just be gone.
She doesn’t like the way she looks
and wishes she were smaller.
He knows that he’d be happier
if he were only taller.
He’s angry that promotions
don’t ever come his way.
She’s found that she likes vodka
and drinks more every day.
They wonder where the lust for life
and all their passion went.
They wonder what it’s going to take
for them to feel content.
In his letter to Phillipians,
Paul told his Christian brothers
contentment comes from loving God
and showing love to others.
If we focus our attention
on rejoicing in the Lord
we won’t be looking longingly
at what you can’t afford.
Jeff Hildebrandt © April 30, 2012
Now, it's your turn. What does Phillipians 4 say to you? Talk among yourselves and get back to me.