Learning Contentment

20 08 2009


Resting, 2009

Since we remodelled the house, I have to admit that I have not watched our books very carefully.  In fact, I have not been the financial leader that my family needs.  Thanks be to God, I have an understanding and forgiving wife who is standing beside me as we begin taking steps to bring our finances under the headship of Christ.

So, we are “tightening the belt” and living on a budget (novel idea).  One of the things we started was a “treat jar” where all the pennies, nickels and dimes we find in the parking lot go, as well as any money from the recycling center visits, etc.  From this jar we pay for the occasional ice-cream, large McDonalds french fry or other unbudgeted treats.

Last week the kids learned that we were going to go the Lake County Fair (in Indiana) and they decided to sell some of thier unwanted items during an impromtu rummage sale and add the proceeds to the treat jar.  The neighbor kids bought about $15 worth of their goods.  The kids decided that this $15 would be the money they would bring to the fair for rides.  When we arrived, we found out that the rides were $3.75…each…if you do the math, that’s only one ride for each kid with $1.25 left over.

As we discussed what to do, I was tring to figure out how to provide more money for them, but the kids didn’t ask for more money, they decided to find the one ride to spend their treat money on.   Here, surrounded by dozens of rides, my children set their mind to enjoy the one ride and be content.  We knew they were disappointed yet they focused on the one thing they could afford instead of the 32 they couldn’t.  What a testimony to Pamela and I about contentment.

Someday, I look forward to providing them (or their children) with an unlimited ride pass, but this time God had another lesson for us, one we are slowly learning.

From Job 36:

If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.




3 responses

20 08 2009

Someday I hope to get the chance to tell you a great story of God’s patient grace in my life regarding the issue of finances. For now, here is the painful verse that began the process: “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.”
Thanks for the reminder to be content in all things.

20 08 2009

I look forward to hearing it…

23 08 2009

Am I sinning when I say I am proud of you, Pamela and the kids!

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