“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” – I Timothy 6:6-8
When we are in active pursuit of God, we find great gain. The peace of God and His loving mercy and grace, paired with eternal hope, are the true treasures we ought to seek. There are no physical things that follow us when our days are done, so it is foolishness to hold on to anything too tightly. If our basic needs are met, we ought to count ourselves blessed and be content in His ample provision.
I am currently visiting family on the other coast, for a bat mitzva extravaganza. This is a place of plenty plus, and I am ever aware of just how essential it is to guard my heart with gratitude, so that I do not desire the decadence that seems to surround me in this space. I have a super spouse, two healthy and happy children, a home to lay my head, and phenomenal friends. Though I have not the excess that seems to be everywhere in these parts, I have everything I will ever need in the eternal hope held in my Heavenly Father, and all that He has graciously given to take care of my loved ones well.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that all that we will ever need is held in Your hands. Thank You that the only things that will remain, are those which we hold in our heart. Teach us to walk in gratitude, be it in times of lack or in plenty, and guard our hearts from envy and greed. Give us grace to walk upright before You, and help to be ever generous with the goodness You have given. May our lives lead others to seek You, our Savior, that they too may find their treasure in You. Amen.