Last week, after I picked up my daughter from her co-op classes, we stopped by Chick-fil-A to get the kids’ lunch to go. I was using the last three of a stack of free chicken strips coupons we received from a sweet friend. My kids knew the routine. We would go in, order the free chicken strips, nothing more, and walk out. At home, we would supplement lunch with water and fruit. Easy lunch! Inexpensive lunch!
However, on this particular day, Brad was home. He had come home a day early from an out-of-town conference because the kids and I had experienced a water leak the night before. In the midst of our water woes, I decided to order Brad and myself a Number One Combo. Well, when the kids saw that, they suddenly were discontent! They wanted fries. They wanted soda. They had always been so happy and thrilled to get chicken strips until….they compared “theirs” to “ours.”
Isn’t that when discontent sneaks in…when we compare ourselves to others? This lunch incident provided me with a great opportunity to share with my kids how easily we become discontent when we make comparisons. God does not want us to compare ourselves or our things to others. He gives us what we need and we are blessed. No need to crave more, covet more, or control more.
We are not born with contentment! Don’t most newborns cry? Contentment is learned, according to Paul who said, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11). And here was a man who knew suffering, hunger, and great need. As we allow the Lord to be ruler of our lives and we trust Him to care for us and trust He knows best for us, we can learn to be content. God will give you what you need for this moment in time.
“Let your conduct be without covetousness, be content with such things as you have” (Hebrews 13:5). I think this verse sums it up perfectly! And by the way, I did share my fries!