Humility and Contentment

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  1. suba

    suba Enjoy Life

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    Blessings,

    Last week I found myself reliving the workers in the field story (Matthew 20:1-16). While this story is a parable teaching us about grace, patience, perseverance, and the Kingdom of Heaven being open for those who wait even to the last moment of their lives – it is also a teaching about contentment.

    I get paid $8.50 to watch over and take care of 8-12 troubled teenagers. While the pay is horrible by living standards, with both my wife and I working we are able to live a very simple and basic life – and for the most part – we are really happy, if not blissful sometimes: especially during spring and summer in the garden.

    My daughter, who just turned eighteen works six hours watching one child and brings home $120.00. More than I make in two days after taxes. Ashamed, frustrated, angry – I went to school, I got the degree, on and on I go. Then I remember. I remember Jesus’ words and I relax. While it would be nice to have more, while I try to write and sell books, in the end, I am really happy with my life and the circumstances of it. Instead of falling down a road of bitterness, I open to love. I smile at my daughter. I am so happy for her. She deserves every happiness and blessings in the world. Life is good.

    This is what the workers in the field taught me. Instead of closing down, getting stuck, and lashing out – I have opened up, let go, and reached out with love. What greater blessing is there in life than that?

    Blessings Be…
     
  2. Namaste Jesus

    Namaste Jesus Praise the Lord and Enjoy the Chai Staff Member

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    Having never been money motivated I agree with you 100%. I think a lot of the world's problems revolve around the notion that others are somehow less deserving than ourselves and that we must have what others have.

    It's the false notion that more is better that gets us into trouble. It a vicious circle. The more we have the more we think we need. So we work long hours in order to acquire more things. Things we no longer have the time to enjoy because of the long hours we work.

    Be content and thankful for the blessings you've already received.
     
  3. DeiGratia

    DeiGratia New Member

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    Last week I found myself reliving the workers in the field story (Matthew 20:1-16). While this story is a parable teaching us about grace, patience, perseverance, and the Kingdom of Heaven being open for those who wait even to the last moment of their lives – it is also a teaching about contentment.

    Suba, I too cherish the parable of the workers in the field.

    I construe the story to mean that no matter how late one comes to Faith, he will be promised to be received in the Kingdom of Heaven. And a little irony and cautionary tale is workers who labored longer hours felt unfairly treated. If we realize the landowner is the Lord God and "working in the field" is a metaphor for "working for Him", the longer we can work, by all means, the better. Laboring for Him "itself" is our greatest reward.
     
  4. LincolnSpector

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    Suba--

    Sounds like you've got your head, and your heart, in the right place.
     
  5. b.finton

    b.finton New Member

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    "take no thought, therefore, what you will eat or drink..."

    I'm encouraged by every sparrow I see.

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