But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
I still drive my 2004 Toyota Sienna van today. It is still running reasonably well. But the paint has faded or is rusty. The outer rims of the wheels were lost, exposing dirty, ugly wheel hubs. The car upholstery fabric has worn out. The odometer reads 278,679 miles. I really wanted a new car. Once this van was stolen and I was so happy thinking I would get a new car. To my deep dismay, my van was returned three days later after the police arrested the thief. Coming out of the church one day, I could not help but notice new trucks and cars looking shiny and attractive. And there was my van looking shabby and causing me to feel a bit embarrassed. I stepped into my van and checked my phone. Someone sent me pictures of my Karen people hiding in caves or under rocks, but praising God. I was overcome with shame for my covetousness and discontentment. Guess who really is rich? The rich ones are those who find contentment in God Himself and His unconditional love.
Dear God, please rescue us from our greed. Help us to crave You and be content in You for when we have You, we have everything we need.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.