Contentment: The Recipe to Happiness
November 20, 2012
Victory’s series on finances entitled UNLIMITED has been received very well. Church attendees are inviting their family and friends to know more about what God has to say about money.
Last Sunday was the second week where we addressed the situation of the widow and Elijah on 1 Kings 17:7-16. It showed how desperate times could lead us to hopelessness. Sometimes it is of our own doing; other times, it may have been caused by others.
In my preaching, I recalled a segment I heard in a radio station on excuses you made but was actually your fault. It was trending on Twitter with hashtag #itwasmyfault. Someone said: I don’t have money because I bought a new 40-inch TV…it was my fault. After the sermon, a lady in her fifties approached me. She said that her husband was crying in my preaching, and just that week, her husband bought a new TV set that they don’t really need. She mentioned they are having money problems now.
I remember the time when we bought a TV set after paying off all our business debts. We went to Robinsons Galleria to do some errands. On our way to the elevator, we saw the 4-letter word that causes our body temperature to rise at inexorable levels…especially for women — SALE!
There it was, a 40 inch TV with a 50% off tag. A 40 inch TV that time was around P60,000. The price of the TV on sale was P27,000 because the box was damaged.
We thought about it for a while. We were there at 2:00pm. The mall was about to close at 9:00pm, when at 8:55pm, we decided to buy it. But we did it because we had cash on hand and we can afford buying it without ruining our budget. As I write this blog, the TV we bought is beside the table I’m writing on. I look at it now and I’m thinking, I don’t need stuff to make me happy. But even if I have it, I won’t get attached to it. Its just stuff.
If your life is consumed by acquiring stuff, fear not…Contentment is a virtue you can learn.
In Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
The only way for you to be happy is to be happy now. Appreciate the blessings of God today so you can be thankful of His blessings tomorrow.