Summary: True satisfaction in life comes as we become a thermostat not a thermometer, settle the money question, and recognize our character counts

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March 9, 2008 Jay Davis Robison 1 TIMOTHY 6:6-12

A typical market in US in 1976 stocked 9,000 items;

today that same market carries 30,000 different items.

Why? Because have obsessive compulsion to possess more & more

In America we have more of everything except SATISFACTION

There is a palatable discontent in US spirit of discontentedness.

Don Jaques As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool.

And when it’s cool, he wants it hot, Always wanting what is not.

Rodney Buchanan on satisfaction in I AM REALLY CONTENT...

I am really content until I start looking through the Sears catalogue.

I liked my car — until I saw the new ones.

I am satisfied w\my clothes until I stroll through the Mall stores.

I love our home — until I think of what it would be like to own a

log cabin on the shore of some remote lake.

I am satisfied with every area of my life until I start comparing

with someone else’s life.

I feel I have enough of everything until see someone who has more.

True satisfaction is a rare thing in today’s world

Constantly grabbing for more

How do we find it? 1 Timothy 6:6-12 3 suggestions


Some people are thermometers and some are thermostats

Thermometers measure temperature, thermostats set temperature

Have you ever asked someone how they were doing and they said

Okay under the circumstances

Believers in Jesus should never live under the circumstances

Should be spiritual reality in us makes us look at life differently

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. Vs 6 NKJV

Paul was in prison when he wrote this without many friends

When the going gets rough

Some become bitter Luke 10:38-42 Martha was bitter

Some become burdened with heavy heart Ps 102:7

Some become selfish Elijah 1 Kings 19:10 Woe is me

I have learned the secret of being content in every situation Phil 4:12

This kind of contentment secret most people never learn



Everyone person strives for contentment.

We all want to be fulfilled, complete, satisfied, self-sufficient.

But when we look around, this is not what we see.

See a society and a world discontented, unfulfilled, incomplete,

dissatisfied, empty, lonely, and restless as they can be.

Why? Because people are thermometers not thermostats

Shakespeare’s Henry the 6th tells of a king wandering the country

Meets 2 men tells them he is a king if you a king where is crow

King said My crown is in my heart & not on my head, Not decked with diamonds & Indian stones Nor to be seen, my crown is called content A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy

Most believe secret of contentment is found in $$ and possessions.

Reason I’m never content is I don’t have a better paying job.

If I had a bigger house… I’d be content.


Remember this God does not have step children

No second choice kids in God’s eyes, something for all of us

Question is are we open to God’s activity in our lives

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