Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Tim. 6:6
Most Americans comprise that 5% part of the world’s population that possesses 95% of the world’s wealth. It doesn’t take long to figure out that in spite of material options and resources discontentment still reigns. Enough is never enough. We always want more and savvy marketers understand that and make sure we are constantly reminded of it.
We might assume that the other 95% with little or nothing are fatalistically content with their circumstances. But that is not true. The poor worry about what to eat or even where to sleep. They envy the rich and will even steal from each other to get more. Discontentment is just as rampant among the poor as it is the rich. Contentment is the illusive longing of every human being, no matter what the circumstance. So, where do we find contentment?
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Mt. 5:9
Hallmark #7 of a blessed life: Peacemaker
What would it be worth to you to know that the legacy you left your grandchildren really made a difference?
When Bob (fondly known as Poppy) died, his grandchildren had a lot to say about the powerful legacy their grandfather left to them. One of his grandchildren said it best: “Poppy taught us that living in Christ’s shalom (peace) was also about living out Christ’s shalom—to be the instrument of His peace among family and anyone else that God brought across his path. Poppy could diffuse a quarrel with ease because the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, reigned in his life.”
Peacemakers are important to our Lord because peace is God’s work and ultimate objective in all His creation.
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” (Prov. 15:4)
In the 2008 film, Doubt, Sister Aloysius is a school principal who rules by fear and mean-spirited discipline. She chooses to focus on other’s faults rather than their strengths and potential. She always believes the worst and her speech breeds cursing and violence rather than blessing and peace. Unfortunately, Sister Aloysius’ pattern of evaluating and treating her students is not at all uncommon in many homes today. Our prisons are filled with those who have never heard words of praise—only cursing—from parents and others.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Chariots of Fire is the story of two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. If you’ve seen the film, you will likely remember that only one of the two actually made the great impact on the lives of people worldwide and is still remembered more than any of the other athletes who ran for gold medals in 1924. It was Eric Liddell. Why is that?
When you look at the life and character of Eric Liddell in contrast to Harold Abrahams and other talented athletes in the film, what stands out is the singular direction and commitment of Eric’s heart. When his sister chides him for running competitively instead of pursuing his missionary work in China, he replies, “I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” It was this singular focus of his heart on God’s purpose and glory that brought him to the attention of the world when he refused to compromise his beliefs for worldly accomplishments. He never lost sight of who he was and why God made him.
And that brings us to the sixth Hallmark of a truly blessed life from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: