Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5 NRSV)

I remember a story of a man of some wealth who overheard a lady remarking, "Oh, if I only had fifty dollars I would be perfectly content." He thought about that for a few moments. If the lady only had fifty dollars she would be content. He thought to himself, "Well, I can help her out." So he walked up to her and handed her a fifty dollar bill with his best wishes. She was very overt in her show of gratitude. She really appreciated his gift. As she walked away he heard her mumble under her breath, "Why on earth didn't I say one hundred dollars?" Have you ever said something like that? I know I have.

We need to learn to be content with what we have. Christmas can be either a time of thanking God for what we have, or Christmas can be the peak of our discontentment.

Loving God, help me to be content in you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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