Updated: Dec 14, 2019
This time of year people begin making lists of reasons why they are thankful and we spend a weekend being thankful. Once Thanksgiving ends, many make a list of items that we believe will make our lives complete and content. Jim Carrey said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” People must realize that true contentment does not involve more material goods, prestige and a name for yourself.
After we receive the items we desire for Christmas, it is not long before we have another list of items we need to be content. This process begins at an early age and continues for all our lives. The solution is to realize that true contentment comes from a relationship with Jesus that leads us to help others in need or in the park. Jesus told us to love our neighbor as our self.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and it is clear that we can carry nothing out. But having food and clothing, we will be content. But they who will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts which plunge men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all evils, of which some having lusted after, they were seduced from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:6-10