Contentment


Contentment is a wonderful state to be in. Scripture recommends it highly and I can vouch for it, myself

…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4;11

The fear of the LORD leads to life;  then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 29:23

But godliness with contentment is great gain. …1 Timothy 6:6

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5

And a quote from Henry Fielding: “I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

And William Shakespeare said this in Henry VIII: “Our content is our best having.”

And last but not least: Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Sunday.

Help Yourself


There are those who ask for help and when it comes they turn it down. It really hurts to see this happen and makes the people offering help frustrated in their attempts. It reminds me of the story of the drowning man:

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

I might add here: “God helps those who help themselves“, or at least help the people who are trying to help them.

Flood. Man on the roof of his house