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Learning To Be Content

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Sermon shared by Mike Turner

June 2005
Summary: This sermon deals with how Paul learned to be content
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Learning To Be Content
Phil 4:4-19, Heb 13:5-6
This morning my subject is on "Learning To Be Content".
Let me begin this morning by sharing a little rhyme with you.......
As a rule, manís a fool
When itís hot, he wants it cool.
And when itís cool, he wants it hot,
Always wanting what is not.
Now I want to tell you that this is one of the most difficult sermons that Iíve had to prepare. For two reasons.......#1 Because being content is a problem for me. # 2 I didnít seem to be content with this sermon no matter how much or well I prepared.
That leads me to my first point regarding "Learning To Be Content"
I. The Longing For Contentment !
Are you aware that the search for contentment consumes our life ? It really does ! We are always looking for something or someone that will bring us peace of mind, and satisfaction !
Everyday weíre working, looking, shopping for contentment !
Hereís the problem for most people.......weíre looking for contentment in the wrong places, wrong people, and wrong things !
*Remember the story that Christ told in Luke 12
The rich manís harvest was so great that his barns were overflowing........his solution.........Iíll build greater barns.......I will say to my soul, thous hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
*Remember........the lessons of Solomon from Ecc.
1. Contentment does not come from a position !
Now I admit that some jobs are better than others.......having better benefits.......pay better..........yet, if you are looking for contentment in your position......in your occupation.........at your job ! You want find it !
No matter what job you have youíre going to almost always find someone who appears to have a better job than yours !
Your position want bring you contentment, however, once you learn the secret to contentment, then you will have peace of mind regarding your job or position !
2. Contentment does not come from a paycheck!
Now I like payday as much as anyone else, and we have to work because we have debts, and responsibilities ! Yet......are we ever totally content with the amount of money that weíre making ?
Let me give you an example:
Ten years ago, the U.S. News & World Report did a story on the American Dream. Hereís what the study found !
People whose income was 25 K said they thought they could be happy if their income was 54 K.
Now those in the 50 K range said they would be satisfied if there income was 100 K.
And guess what...........people in the 100 K level said if they only made 200 K........then they would be satisfied !
John Rockefeller was once asked........how much was enough ? His reply........just a little bit more !
Somone later asked the accountant of Rockefeller following his death.......how much did the old man leave ? All of it was the reply !
Illust. Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street one day with his two young sons, both of whom were crying. Whatís the matter with your boys ? asked a passerby. The same thing thatís wrong with the rest of the world, Lincoln replied. I have three walnuts, and they each want two.
Enough never seems to be enough !
3. Contentment does not come from a purchase.
Youíve all heard that money canít buy you happiness........well........it can ! It can bring you temporary happiness ! But, it cannot bring you contentment.
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