Godliness with contentment . . .

“Now, Godliness with contentment is great gain.” – I Timothy 6:6

I read a story recently about a group of alumni, highly established in their careers, who got together to visit their old university professor. Their conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.
What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.
Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.
Too often in life we get so consumed with having more, or having what someone else has, we fail to appreciate the blessings we have already received.

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2 Comments on “Godliness with contentment . . .”

  1. maddiegraeme Says:

    I have in my lifetime, both lived in poverty as a child and in wealth as an adult.

    Having lived in a life of luxury, does that mean I lose sight of lifes values? No, I recently found myself back in a state of not so much poverty, but shall we say less well of – who am I trying to kid? – I’m broke lol.

    But because I had experience of having nothing as a child and pretty much nothing again now, I appreciate more, the little things in life.

    Maddie xx

  2. rebrev Says:

    Thank you, for sharing that, Maddie.

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