Today's reading

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. –1 Timothy 6:7-8 NIV

November 22, 2021

The Key to Contentment

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. –1 Timothy 6:7-8 NIV

Comparison is a trap into which you don’t want to fall prey. It’s been said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” In the believer's life, who is known as the “joy” stealer? If you answered Satan, you’re right. In order to maintain your joy, you need to avoid comparing areas of your life—appearance, home, clothing, work, marital status, livelihood, etc.—with someone else’s life or the fleeting things of this world.Without even realizing it, the devices of this world—television, Facebook, advertising, Hollywood, magazines, Instagram, etc.—are avenues where we can easily succumb to comparison. When we become critical toward ourselves by feeling inadequate, less than, worthless, not good enough, or not measuring up, we’ve fallen into the unhealthy trap of comparison. Should this happen, we need to break free from the trap or it will steal our joy, kill our self-esteem, and destroy the quality of our lives.The opposite of comparison is contentment. Learning to be content with who God created us to be is the key to contentment. We need to be thankful for what God has blessed us with and trust that He will provide for all our needs.

prayer focuses

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread (Proverbs 30:8 NIV).

Holy Spirit, teach me to be content regardless of my circumstances (Philippians 4:11). Remind me to look to God for my needs.

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Barbara Alpert

Barbara was a wife, mother, and grandma who sought to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She has enjoyed mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believed that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared. Barbara passed away peacefully in November 2023, but Bayside continues to remember and honor her legacy by sharing devotionals written by her in order to inspire and encourage others.