Life from the rear-view mirror

A time for contentment…Vol 25

April 3, 2013 | Comment

watchI like watches. I always have. I really like guitars and basses too, but I have sold all my instruments to fund the kids endeavors while I build my life insurance business…so watches (and the motorcycle…) remain my vice(s).

One of the first things I look at when I’m meeting someone in a business or casual encounter is their watch. It tells me a lot about the person (at least I like to think it does…) When I recognize an expensive watch I visualize a successful businessperson with a high-end house, lots of disposable income, trophy family and the like. None of which may be true. On the other hand when I see a less expensive or “cheap” watch…I think this person just needs to know what time it is…they’ve missed the opportunity to communicate all the other stuff. None of which may be true either. Of course if the person is not wearing a watch at all I would just be aghast…it’s part of the uniform after all…

In my book, watches are the only allowable jewelry for men (with the exception of wedding rings). I apologize to those men who wear necklaces, rings, bracelets and earings…God just hasn’t convicted you about them yet 🙂 The fact is no other jewelry appeals to me except watches. I don’t want to poke holes in my body, I don’t want my neck to turn green, and I don’t want my wrist to get caught in a paper shredder or the like. So it’s watches or nothing for me.

I have a few watches that I’ve collected over the years. Most of them are nice but relatively inexpensive, but I do have one or two that have a little value. Many years ago I owned a Rolex for about 3 days but felt like I was showing off and sold it. Although secretly I had always wanted a Rolex. I lived in Dallas for a number of year and there It was a symbol of success. It told the world that the wearer had good taste and the ability to afford it. It was like “old money” if you know what I mean. It carried a certain prestige.

But for me…it was just puffery. There was no substance behind the nice watch. No old money, no new money…it more like “no money.” I was paycheck to paycheck at best. I just wanted to be looked at as successful even though the only evidence of that was what I happened to be wearing on my wrist. My friends knew (and probably laughed at) the real me and this wannabe mentality.

I am being convicted daily to be a man of God first. To put his will before mine. To “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” To live a life of authenticity instead of a facade of wealth and influence. Proverbs says a lot about character. “to have a good name is better than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1) I know all that…and so do you. But why do we still want this stuff. What is this hole in our lives that begs to be filled with _________? We will work and sacrifice to get a new watch or car or do-dad…but we won’t crack open our Bibles. Something needs to change.

If we really want God first and act on that desire…that guarantees a battle with self. Not just a skirmish…a full scale, head-on assault of self. Because when you truly desire to put God first, everything else drops away…and if you try to catch the stuff as it’s falling away…you aren’t trying hard enough to put God first. (Looking at the watch on my wrist as I write…)

You might not believe it now…but God IS enough. Most of us never  have that concept tested in our lives because God is such a good father, giving good gifts to his kids and providing so much that is so undeserved. To get to a place where we really understand that God is enough two things must happen:

1) We must decide to allow God to be enough and let go of the idols in our life

2) God will make the decision for us and allow trials and circumstances that take away everything that satisfies and/or anchors us until all we have left is Him.

Both paths are difficult. Oh yea…I forgot one important part.

I should have said we must be willing to let the stuff go. ( I can hear pucker factor working in all the rich young rulers out there as I write :)) That doesn’t mean that God is going to make us shed everything in our lives so that He is first. He just insists that we put him first…and be willing to let everything else go. That means we have to examine our lives. We have to know ourselves.

I pray that we can see the blessings that come our way when we voluntarily put Christ first. Let’s see…. there is Peace, Joy, Love, Satisfaction, Contentment, Blessing… anything else is pure gravy.

OK…how are you doing? Me? Not so good. I have a lot of work to do!

Anybody want to buy a watch?

10 Memorable verses about contentment

1 Timothy 6:6-7 #1 Memorable Bible Verse About Contentment- Godliness plus contentment equals gain

But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.

Luke 3:14– #2 Memorable Scripture Verse about Being Content- Content with your Wages

And some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Proverbs 14:30– #3 Memorable Contentment Bible Verse

A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11– #4 Bible Verses on Contentment

And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

Luke 12:15 #5 Memorable Bible Verse About Contentment- Beware of Greed

And He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

Job 36:11 ( KJV)– #6 Bible Verses on Being Content- Obedience

If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

More Bible Verses on Obedience

Joshua 1:9– #7 Memorable Bible Verse on Contentment- God is with you!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Hebrews 13:5– #8 Memorable Bible Verse About Contentment- Be content with what you have

Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Philippians 4:11-12– #9 Memorable Bible Verses on Contentment- In every Circumstance

Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

Philippians 2:14– #10 Memorable Bible Verses About Contentment- Do not grumble and complain

  Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

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