While running to the store one night I came across this rather content Golden Retriever. Even though I pulled up right next to her, there was no movement, no anxious thought, no panting or barking; just contentment with a wonderful life.
Sometimes I wish I were so calm and content, but often the reality of my life is I am running around doing something, getting something, acquiring something, securing something, or fixing something. How can I ever be calm and content with so much to do?
We live in a very driven society. Though some of our industriousness has produced some wonderful inventions and aids to living for many, it is good to check our motivations. For many of us, our personal drive may not be so altruistic and generous, it may be a deeper sign of an unquenchable desire for more, for bigger and better stuff, not for the welfare of the world, but for our own egos and enjoyments.
In the New Testament letter of 1 Timothy, chapter 6, verses 6-10 these words warn us of uncontrolled desires:
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Here godliness is connected with contentment. When was the last time you rested content? When was the last time you were content with the cool evening air blowing through your hair on a drive with nothing to be accomplished? What would it take for you to be content?