Contented as a purring mama cat. Day has ended. The house is quiet. The feline is stretched sleepily on a lap. The loving strokes must say something to the contented one…and vice versa. The contented one is equipped with an inner motor that articulates its security, feeding, protection and provision by its lover-lap attention and interchange. Cat heart…human heart. Two contented ones. A rather amazing connection. Whose pleasure is the greater, if at all? I know there are those who don’t love cats quite so much, but perhaps we can all concede that a purring cat is one terrific photo of contentment. The conditions, of course, have to be right. And when they are, profound purring is the product.

God’s word addresses this serious matter of contentment in the lives of those whom He created in His own image. The conditions have to not only be just right, but the decisions that are in our lap to cat (I mean act) upon set the stage for what it even is that we will permit to bring us contentment. For example, one of our generation’s wealthiest individuals has declared how much money it would take to make him satisfied…”one more dollar.” Is it even possible to ever be satisfied at all in our vapor of a life? Most of us likely have the allure of one more something…be it one more breath, hug, hour of rest, home run or touchdown or point, laugh, opportunity …

Jesus instructed soldiers to be content with their wages (Luke 3:14). Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, penned these words in 2 Corinthians 12:10 “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” And these oft quoted words in Philippians 4:11-13, “… for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” To his young protégé, Timothy, he penned in 1 Tim chapter 6:6-10, “ Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” It doesn’t appear that contentment is very natural…unless you’re a well cared for cat. Or a young baby in mother’s warm embrace. It is for the most part elusive, but contentment is a truly precious thing when experienced firsthand … for however long and for however frequent.

PRAYER NUGGET: In the book “Magnificent Prayer” by Nick Harrison, he states “God’s will in heaven is forever good and right and perfect.” The disciples implored Jesus, their Master, to teach them to pray. His resounding response was a directive to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven.” Is there a “one more something” that captures your longings? So, let’s pray! Godliness with contentment is great gain. Right now I’m praying for a reigning and prevailing peace to capture your heart and allow an extraordinary contentment to rise from deep within your inner being…to the glory of God.

Nebraska Panhandle and eastern Wyoming…I love you and am praying for you.

. All Bible references are from the NKJV

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