Wanting Woes

My kids love getting things. It does not matter in the least whether they need those things or even have them already and never use them or even if it cost them their last penny of allowance. They want. My job as a parent is to train them to be content. Wanting and contentment are diametrically opposed. The closer you get to wanting, the further from contentment and the closer you get to contentment, the further you are from wanting. Yet we will want, won’t we? We are like children crying that we need this toy or that person to play with or this vacation or that new tool or this house or that car. We mourn shallow if we do not get what we want and some people spend their last penny on it regardless of their bills and other financial needs. And then we are surprised when God takes away our things to try to train us to be content. He demands contentment. “I have learned to be content in all circumstances.” This was Paul’s statement. It is our model, our goal. I am close to this point. I had gotten off track for a bit but am back on. Contentment is my goal and things are to be used properly and with right motive and purpose and never to take over life or become idols we celebrate/worship or take our needed money or be a source of jealousy or stumbling block for us or others or what not. God blesses us when we work toward contentment. This is because He knows how rich and beautiful and free life is without the wanting. 

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