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CONTENTMENT -KAREN MCKINNY

CONTENTMENT

KAREN MCKINNY

Have you ever felt that you were poor? Have you ever felt that if you just had that one thing everything else would fall into place in your life? You wouldn’t need anything else. Well, that is until that next great thing comes along, right? We live in a society that keeps telling us that more is better. There is a famous bumper sticker that reads, “The one who dies with the most toys in the end wins!” Is this true? Is the more we have what brings us happiness? Matthew 6:23 tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you.” So one question remains, what’s enough?

QUESTION 1. What does it mean to put God at the center of your life?
QUESTION 2. How does having Christ as the center of your life affect your financial situation (whether you are rich or poor)?
CHALLENGE: The secret to living a content and joyful life is to have Jesus as your center. If you choose to make Jesus the center of your life today then whether you are in poverty or prosperity it will matter very little. Why? Because in Christ you will have found your meaning!
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CONTENTMENT -JESSICA DUNN

CONTENTMENT

JESSICA DUNN

Philippians 2:14-15

 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

 We all have those friends who can find something to complain about in every situation. You may be at a concert of your favorite band where everyone is just rocking out and life couldn’t be better, but then your friend turns to you and says, “Man, its way too hot in here.” You didn’t think it was too hot before but suddenly you notice it and now all you can think about is how hot it is. And just like that your previously thankful heart turns sour.

Complaining is such a dangerous cycle. It rubs off on anyone it comes into contact with and it causes you to miss out on all the beauty and joy that God has put in front of you. It’s crazy to think that we can even find things to complain about in the first place when we have more than enough food, a place to call home, and air in our lungs. The same can’t be said for the majority of people in the world and yet we complain anyway.

Jesus came so that we can have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). Don’t let a complaining heart take away from all that God has given you and plant seeds of discontentment in you and those around you. Be the person who speaks life and beauty into every situation. It may be hard to do that at first but over time you’ll notice yourself being content in even the hardest situations because your heart will already be so full of thankfulness.

QUESTION 1. Are you a complainer? Do you surround yourself with complainers?
QUESTION 2. When you actually think about it, what do you have to complain about? And did your complaining ever actually fix a situation?
CHALLENGE: Next time you are about to complain think instead about all the things you have to be grateful for and praise God for those.
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CONTENTMENT -CONNOR CIPPOLA

CONTENTMENT

CONNOR CIPPOLA

Luke 11:10-11
For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

It is so hard to have true contentment in our lives. The media tells us that we need this new gadget that will break within a month, or this weight loss pill that will just make you sick, or a boyfriend or girlfriend, and then we’ll be happy. But when you finally get that new product or relationship, are you ever actually content for longer than a few days? We immediately crave the next new thing. It’s an endless cycle. But Jesus knows exactly what we need in this life. He knows what makes us happy and He knows the true, deep desires of our hearts. Jesus simply wants us to talk to him about it.

God hears what we ask for, and is more than able to provide it. If you seek after your own desires you will never find contentment, but if you pray and seek the desires of Jesus you will find peace, joy, and contentment like you’ve never experienced before. Does He always give us everything we want? No. He is God and he knows what is truly good for you and what isn’t. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” We need to put our trust in him and live a contented life knowing that God has you in his powerful hands.

QUESTION 1. What gives you contentment in your life? people? shiny new objects? money?
QUESTION 2. Do you honestly believe that these things will give you true contentment?
CHALLENGE: Pray every day for God-given contentment and for trust in Him that He has your best interest in mind.