The Great Gain

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A story is told of a rich dad who took his son to a remote village, with an aim of showing him how poor people live. He wanted the child to appreciate their wealth and privilege. After taking him to a village considered to be very poor, the dad wanted feedback. On their way back, the boy narrated how the village people were so blessed, with fresh foods, with big fields to play, with natural light, stars at night, the children laughed and played with each other, the villagers were very generous and helped each other. He concluded by saying ‘dad, thank you for showing me how poor we are’

Have you ever gone to a place considered poverty stricken and found out that the peace and joy in the peoples faces is priceless? I once went for a mission to a village in Tana River, I had a very hard time adjusting to the hot weather and the dust. Plus the people seemed not to have things I term as ‘basic’ But… the happiness, the games they played, the smiles, the joy! I have never seen anything like that in any green leafy suburbs in these urban areas. The sense of community was unmatched. We visited a home at lunch time when they were just about to have a meal. A very basic meal, boiled Irish potatoes and some rice, it looked incomplete, I wanted to add so many things, like, onions, tomatoes, meat, salt, avocado, ketchup, veggies…but it was what it was. The children were served and they ate joyfully, the man of the house gave thanks and the family was so grateful to have a meal on their table.

I had gone to preach in that village but came back like I had just known Christ. O, how I had been taking things for granted! O how I had concentrated so much on wants other than needs. O how I thought some things really mattered. Because of what we have, we sometimes look at those who don’t as poor. Society has fooled us to think that the more we pocess, the more successful we are, the more we have, the more wealthy we are. A very wrong mentality.

This is what Paul says in Philippians 4:11-12 “ I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 secret is being content. The secret is looking at what you already have and counting it as a miracle. You may just acquire all the earthly processions you desire for you to realize how poor you are. Maybe instead of seeking to satisfy our earthly desires, we ought to be seeking a greater gain: Godliness and contentment.

Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction. Don’t be fooled, it can only find in the Lord, in knowing who you are in Christ and counting the blessings bestowed upon you. It is not found in acquiring more wealth, it will never be enough. it is not found in achieving all your earthly goals. It is only found in Christ. So even if circumstances change, you will be found happy and satisfied because your eyes are on a God who changes not.

May the Lord help us to be content with how he created us, to appreciate the little things around us, not to compare ourselves with others and to focus on what really matters in life.

“Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain” 1 Timothy 6:6

~Selah

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