GIF Attitude Extremes

“Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.”

(Psalm 127:2)

Attitude Extremes
by Larry Burkett

There are many people who seemingly have little or no regard for material possessions. They accept poverty as a normal living condition, and their major concern is where they will sleep each night.

Are they living lives of contentment? Hardly so, because that description aptly fits the homeless people found in the cities of our nation. That is one extreme.

In contrast are the affluent who have the best our society has to offer at their disposal. Their homes are the community showplaces, their summer cottages are actually small hotels, and their automobiles cost more than most families’ houses. But does their abundance guarantee contentment?

Considering the amount of alcohol many of them consume, the therapists they see, and the tranquilizers a lot of them take, it’s hard to imagine this group is any more content than the one I first described.

If poverty doesn’t provide it and money can’t buy it, how can you be content?

“Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9).

To be content is to know God’s plan for your life, have the conviction to live it, and believe that God’s peace is greater than any problem.



Daily Scripture Reading:

1 Kings 4, 10:14-29

2 Chronicles 1:14-17, 9:13-28

Psalm 72