Guest Author

Pastor Dan Reehoff
Senior Pastor – Dayspring Baptist Church, Waukesha, WI

Today’s Scripture: Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecclesiastes 6:9

Lastly, we see that our lives can be wasted if we are not content. Again, Ebenezer Scrooge is a great example. He never had enough money and was constantly trying to make more, even though it made others hate him more. Discontentment can lead to the other 3 ways to waste your life. First, if you are not content, you are constantly focused on getting more rather than enjoying what you already have. Also, it can cause you to be distracted and have a wrong attitude toward others around you. You could be oblivious to the needs of others around you and think they don’t matter, or even envious of what they have. Lastly, you can be so distracted by what you want that you never do anything but try to obtain more.

Contentment isn’t based on what you have; it is based on your attitude towards the things you have. The happiest people aren’t the ones who have the most digits in their paycheck, have the biggest houses, or the most fame. The happiest people are those who are content with what they have and don’t need to have more because they already have enough.

When you realize you have enough, you will see what you can use to help others. Just as discontentment can cause the problems that can waste your life, contentment can cause you to have a life worth living. First, recognize the blessings that God has given you and use them rather than wasting them, Secondly, use what you have to help others and show them that they are important. And thirdly, use your blessings to make a difference in people’s lives.

At the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge showed how he had changed. First, he had the boy buy the biggest turkey available. (Lesson 1 – enjoy life) Next, he donated to the poor and destitute. (Lesson 2 – people do matter) Then, he helped Tiny Tim (Lesson 3 – be productive) Finally, at the end of the book, it says, “His own heart laughed, and that was enough for him.” (Lesson 4 – contentment) Don’t be a scrooge and waste your life. Follow God’s Word for a life worth living.