Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pentecost 18c - 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Contentment is the kind of commodity that can’t be bought but is worth whatever it costs to possess. Trouble is you can’t just go out and get it because it is a gift and largely goes unnoticed by those who have it. By that I mean you don’t just wake up one morning and say, “I will be content today” and then go about your business. On the other hand a daily practice of taking time to “be” before getting on with the “do” of the day has a cumulative effect and at some point the gift of contentment wakes up with you and the doing and the being are closer to looking like the same thing. The apostle encourages contentment in his young protégé and the people of Timothy’s parish by putting the things of life into proper perspective so that the life that really is life will not be obscured by the temptation of treasure which is the illusion of living. Martin Luther would agree and said it this way. “This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way.” I feel better already.

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