When we moved into our house more than 10 years ago, we never meant it to be permanent. We have talked about having a house with a fourth bedroom and better yard. Ten years is a long time to not appreciate what we have, and I am ashamed. I would tell myself that I don’t want a big house, just bigger, but the reality is that the 4 of us have everything we need and more. I need to be praising God for that, not wishing it away.
This year, however, God has been moving in me and changing me. I started praying for contentment in January, and I started memorizing verses about contentment. Last week I realized that not only am I content to stay in this house, I would be willing to downsize if we needed to! God is leading us down a path that may require change, and He is preparing us for it. Praying and studying His word have been a vital part of that preparation.
The verses I am learning now are 1 Timothy 6: 6-12, 17-19. Then I plan on memorizing Hebrews 13:5. I know most people cringe at the thought of learning verses as an adult, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The way I do it is to write or type it out. Then every day for a week I say the verse out loud 5 times. After the first verse, the next week I add on the next one. I don’t shout it, and I am by myself in the room. Hearing it out loud helps me learn it better. If writing it over and over helps, then by all means write it. The key is to have it in your heart when you need it. I am always amazed at how my heart clings to God’s word, even when I am not really aware of it. When I need Him, He is always faithful.
I hope these words from Paul will bless you as much as they have blessed me:
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. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men 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. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses….Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Can I get an Amen?