We are coming up on the holiday season. I, both, look forward to and dread this time of year. I enjoy the time to dwell on all that I am thankful for and have been blessed with and celebrate the coming of our Savior. But I can’t stand the focus on the “what am I going to get” attitude that is so pervasive in our culture during this time of the year.

It is like the ultimate paradox. A season that is to focus on being thankful and the coming of Jesus as a baby has to compete with a season filled with greed and selfish, toy-grabbing attitudes.

Our focus needs to be on being content with what we have and not always desiring more stuff and more wealth. With that in mind, read the following passages from the Bible:

…true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. – 2 Timothy 6:6-8

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; – Psalm 37:10

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. – Proverbs 15:30

Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. – Proverbs 16:8

The Bible does not say anywhere that contentment would be easy, but based on just some of the verses on contentment that I have found, it is an attutide that the righteous display.

Jesus saw this lack of contentment and desire for wealth as a struggle for us. Jesus knew that money and the worry of what we “should have” or what “we really need” could very easily become an “idol” for us that would replace God as number one in our lives. Because of this, He said,

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (matthew 6:24-25)”

Jesus wants us to be content with where we are so we can focus more on accomplishing the mission we were created to accomplish. This passage goes on to talk about how God feeds the sparrows and how he “clothes” the lillies of the field and how much more important to God we are then the sparrows and the lillies. God is going to provide exactly what you need because He, as the One who created you, knows best exactly what you need.

So don’t worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-32)

Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel recently gave a message called “…with an attitude of contentment” In that message he gave three points on how to cultivate an attitude of contment:
1. Seek it – “Choose a lifestyle of Contentmet, more does not equal happier”
2. Say it – “I have enough”
3. Settle it – “Don’t let your income dictate your lifestyle”

Don’t be trapped by the thought that you need to be like everyone else. Just because you buddy got a new car doesn’t mean you need one. Just because you neighbor just got a new boat doesn’t mean you need one. Just because everyone else jumped off a bridge doesn’t mean you should. Just because you have the ability does not mean you need to “Keep up with the Jone’s”

God knows what we need, trust in that. Choose this day to live a content lifestyle and focus your energies on accomplishing your mission that God has created you for.

With an attiude of contentment, this upcoming holiday season can be one that we look forward to instead of one we dread. Our focus will truly be on thankfulness and celebrating the birth of our Savior because, with a content attitude, we will be more like our Savior than ever before.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(Matthew 6:33)”

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