Every week I am reminded.
Because every week, I drive past this sign as I take Bekah to her piano lesson.
And every week I ask myself the same question, "Do I live on Contentment Lane?"
It's where I want to live for I know the words of truth, "Godliness with contentment is great gain." (I Timothy 6:6)
The Apostle Paul knew contentment. He said,
Not that I speak in regard to need,for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.Everywhere and in all thingsI have learned both to be full and to be hungry,both to abound and to suffer need.
In this season of home improvement at our house, I must guard my heart. I love home, and my house is my hobby. But I must take care that my contentment is not dependent on "the stuff of earth."
True contentment is acceptance of what He has given to me.
- Whether I have my farmhouse sink or not, am I content with His gifts?
- If my son and his family remain miles and miles away, can I accept that as His gift?
- If my health fails, can I trust His mercy in that?
- When I have tribulation, or persecution, can I rejoice in His goodness?
- If friends are not faithful, am I content with His faithfulness?
- When I lose a loved one, is He enough?
These are hard questions. My "natural man" says no to each one. But it was in the context of his discussion of contentment (knowing how to be full and hungry, how to abound and suffer need), that Paul proclaimed, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
It is only through Christ who strengthens me that I can live my life on Contentment Lane.
I believe that Joseph Gilmore had learned to live life on Contentment Lane when he penned these lyrics of the hymn "He Leadeth Me."
Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine,
Content whatever lot I see,
Since ‘tis Thy hand that leadeth me.