This month our elementary students are learning about
being content, which is a good lesson for us all, no matter our
age. How do we know that contentment is a character of God?
One of the ten commandments that God gave us through
Moses is to not covet, which means that we should not have
an unreasonable desire for what someone else has. And then
in Galatians Paul teaches us that a fruit of the Spirit is selfcontrol.
I think we can learn best from Paul who tells us that he
knew the secret of being content in Philippians Chapter 4. He
had taught himself how to be content in all circumstances,
whether he was going through a point of his life where he was
in need or experiencing a time of abundance. No matter his
circumstance, he truly trusted that God would meet his needs
and praised Him for that.
When my kids were growing up we watched a lot of
Veggie Tales; and I can’t help but think of Madame Blueberry,
who also learned the importance of being thankful and content.
The salesmen from Stuff Mart tricked her into believing that
she couldn’t truly be happy unless she filled her desires of
purchasing more stuff. And they were really good at tempting
her with all the things that would make her happy so much so
that one day her treehouse toppled over because it was too
As Thanksgiving approaches, may we practice being
thankful, content and generous with our blessings.