Greed and Discontentment

Today I read a story in my christian literature book, and I was able to pull this principle from the story. The story goes like this, "Once upon a time, there was a man who had moved from land to land because he was never satisfied with the land he had. One day while sitting with a guest, he heard of a group of people who would sell him all the land that he could walk in a day. He reached an agreement whit these people, and set out the next day walking out the land. He would get all the land he walked that day if he reached the starting point before sun down, or the money was forfeit. As he walked he saw good land, and he walked the land. When he turned the last corner he saw he wouldn't make it if he didn't run. He ran as fast as he could and he reached the starting point right before the sun, but he fell down and died from exhaustion. It turned out after running that day that all he needed was six feet to be buried in."

In Phil. 4:11 Paul says, "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in." This man didn't learn to be content early on and therefore was discontent all his life. I hope that we all learn to be content with where we are and who we are, because we have Christ and He is all we need.

To everyone who struggles with discontentment,

-Kole

1 comments:

UNCLE NATE March 12, 2008 at 6:13 PM  

Kole,

Have you heard of the phase:

"Two-videoing God"?

The lead singer of a favorite (secular) band of mine was asked by his mom when he was twelve which of the 2 videos in her hands he wanted to rent to take home that night. He replied, "I want 'em both!" She promptly put them both back on the rack and said, "In that case, you get neither. That's the price you pay for being greedy." After that, anytime he made greedy rumblings, his mom would say, "Are you two-videoing me, young man?"
He was blogging on the band's last European tour about how thankful he was that the crowds were so embracing in Ireland, but he was hoping that the rain would let up. Then he paused and recanted, saying he thought that he might be "Two-videoing God" and should be thankful the weather's not rainy and the crowds aren't throwing beer bottles at him on stage.

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