Thursday, April 11, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs Forum Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #76 - Contentment

"Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."  ~Hebrews 13: 5b

What would it take to make you content?  A lot of people might answer with something like "a new car", "a new home", "a better job"...and why not?  We are constantly bombarded with advertising designed to make us discontent.  To make us covet what we do not have with a subtle suggestion that those who use a particular product are beautiful, happy and have found the key to life.  The fallacy is that once you have purchased the product, you still feel and look the same.

Contentment cannot come with outer possessions.  Alexander the Great conquered the world but was never content.  Jesus Christ never owned so much as a bed (much less an orthopedic mattress with great sheets and an electric blanket), yet He was the picture of contentment.

Covetousness creates discontent - you begin to desire something different and suddenly what you have seems inadequate.  You desire a new car - but  your old one still runs just fine, doesn't it?  "Well yea but it can't beat this other car in a test..."  But is it dependable?  "Sure, but it needs new tires and there are a lot of scratches..."

And what do we have?  The abiding presence of Jesus!  

There are so many things we desire that we hope will give us a better acceptance - a new car, a new house, a better job...You can be a well-dressed person with a great car and a new house and some fancy office and still be a jerk.

Jesus loves you just as you are - He doesn't care if your car is a little old and your house is outdated.  Some people spend their entire lives berating themselves because of some problem or another, but Jesus will never leave you or forsake you!  Even if you begin to slow down and get gray hair - even if you lose your hair - He will not turn His back on you.  Earthly friends may fail you, He will never fail you.  Your children may not understand you, He understands.  What a friend we have in Jesus!

His help, His love, His friendship, His presence is not conditioned by anything other than His unconditional love and my simply believing.  How would you like to have a friend that would never leave you or forsake you, always by your side, always understanding, always ready to help? Jesus desires to be such a friend to you!

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that reminds us to be content with what we have - for what we have is GREAT!  When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT76 and then hop over to the NEW Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share it with us!


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