I recently had lunch with a friend who told me about a recent trip that he’d taken. He’s a member of a sailing club and has been receiving training for some larger boats. Along with an instructor and four or five other members of his club, he’d taken a trip to the Bahamas, rented a 46 foot sailboat, and spent a week sailing around the islands. He told a pretty exciting story about being caught in a squall and needing to navigate through a channel via GPS.
When I hear stories like this, it’s sometimes easy for me to be envious. After all, I’m not a member of a sailing club. I don’t take trips to exotic locations and practice new skills. I don’t even own a GPS!
But then I stop. I may not have a really cool hobby, but I’ve got a great family. I may not travel to the Bahamas, but I go to the grocery store with my wife. I may not own a GPS, but I have more than I need — way more, actually. My life may be simpler and quieter, but I like it that way.
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
— 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (HCSB)
Seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.
— 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (HCSB)
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sailing clubs, trips to the Bahamas, and GPS devices. I think it’s great that my friend took this great trip!
However, as for me, I strive to be content. While contentment is at times elusive, I’m reminded that the source of contentment is not what I have, but Who I know.
Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.
— Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)