Posts Tagged: "Contentment"

Contentment or More. Choose Ye This Day Whom You Will Serve.

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No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. —Ecclesiastes 1.8

This summer while on vacation, I read the delightful Joanne Harris book Peaches for Monsieur le Curé. There were a number of times I took out my phone and typed out a line or two from the book to save because something sparked my imagination.

This quote was one that I had saved:

“Sometimes, on a day like this… I find myself wishing for something more.

More. Oh that word. That deceptive word. That eater of lives; that malcontent. That straw that breaks the camel’s back, demanding – what exactly?”  —Vianne Rocher

Her question about more—the straw that breaks the camel’s back, demanding – what exactly?” is what really… Read More

Lent Day 10… Who Is Truly Wealthy: The One Who Has Enough or The One Who Always Wants More?

There’s a story about the author Joseph Heller, who finds himself at a party with a bunch of Wall Street hedge-fund managers. A man comes up to him and points to a young guy in his 20′s. The man says, “See that guy over there? He made more money last year than you will make in a lifetime of writing your books.”

Heller turns to the man and says, “I have one thing that he will never have.”

The man laughs and says, “What?”

Heller replies… Read More


Crickets. That’s what you hear when you’re sitting around a campfire late in the evening. Not the sound of Fox News or CNN. Not the firing of weapons from Call of Duty. Just the joyful song of crickets.

It’s also the description we give when there is absolutely no response to something… when people are quiet. Pastors talk about this often: “When I preached on ______________, it was crickets out there.”

I suspect the subject of living a quiet life with less is one of those cricket-inducing themes in the American church today.

The shouts and hanky-waving and “Amens!” are gonna come with statements like… Read More

Where You Are Right Now

I’m sure you know of a professional athlete who was not doing well on a particular team in that particular city…

Then, that athlete got traded to another team in another city—and all the sudden they thrived.

It was as if the old place just had the wrong mojo.

Sometimes, we think we’re professional athletes suffering in the wrong place.

And all we can think about is getting traded.

“If I could just move to a better city… Read More