Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Godliness with Contentment

"But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."  1 Timothy 6:6

Here I am in Colorado, living in a rental house.  We had to sell our house in California and move to Colorado for my husband to keep his job.  Our Little Blue Cottage in California was small, but very cozy.  I was quite attached to it and I admit, I enjoyed all the treasures I had collected up.  Sometimes I longed for a little bit bigger house, my sons wanted their own rooms, I wanted my own bathroom and a bigger living room.  I told my sons that if they wanted a bigger house they needed to take that request to God.  So they did.

So here we are in a big house in Colorado.  It is the biggest house I have lived in since getting married.  As I sat in the huge living room with a cathedral ceiling, boxes and junk all around me, I looked down at a slip of paper that had the above verse on it.  Looking around at all the boxes of stuff I brought from my house in California, I began to see the meaning of what this verse was saying.  Yes, I can see how living with less can actually bring greater contentment.  Things can be a burden and this move has taught me that.

Jesus said in Luke 12:15, that our life does not consist in the abundance of things we own.  So giving up my house and many of the things I have owned over the years is a pathway to Him.  Letting go of my things means I have more room for Him.  When I lived in my little house I thought I was so close to Him, but this move has shown me how much more I need Him and how much more He has for me.