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When it comes to living a life that is rich, we know that it takes more than money. It has to include work that is meaningful and relationships that nourish.

That is the kind of life that God is interested in offering us. But we have choices to make; the appeal of true poverty, a life spent in self-interest and solitude, is surprisingly strong.

Choose now the richness of life God offers.

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Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

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Think

What does it mean to be content? The author of 1 Timothy reminds us that we brought nothing into the world and we will take nothing out of it. In a world where we often strive to get more “stuff” (fancy clothes, big houses, nice cars, the newest phone), it’s a nice reminder to think of ourselves as tiny infants – a time when we didn’t think or worry about material things because we had no idea they even existed.

Feeling content is a freeing experience. The moment you realize that you have all you need, you can stop worrying and focusing on things you don’t have and that you don’t need anyway.

When we realize the love of God, we have what we need. All other things can fall away, and we can rest in the feeling of true contentment.

Susan Reed

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Pray

Holy God, thank you for the food I have to eat, the clothes I have to wear, and the love that you have given me. Help me to be truly content with these things so that I can focus on you. Amen.

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Go

May God fill your soul with waters of generosity,
Taking you to the gate of thirsty neighbors,
That you might come to know them and,
Knowing them,
Share from the richness of
God's love.

Susan Reed

Susan Reed is an associate pastor (spiritual formation and discipleship) at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Even though she lives in Louisville, Susan is really looking forward to the start of Kentucky basketball this fall. Go Cats!

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