But godliness with contentment is great gain. 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 6:6–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Subsistence. Having what you need in order to stay alive, but no more. For many in third world countries this (or worse) is a current reality. In my country, the United States–the land of opportunity, fewer people by far find themselves in this condition. But we are only a couple generations removed from the Great Depression when this was the daily prospect of so many more.
What we are experiencing today, with the supply chain disruptions, is merely an inconvenience in comparison. We don’t complain because we can’t get the food we need, we complain because we can’t get the food we want. We are not satisfied with merely being clothed, they must be stylish or the “right” brand. We get out of sorts if we have to settle for a different fragrance for our dryer sheets. We will spend outrageous prices on a cup of coffee, while some in other parts of the world die from lack of sanitary water.
Those are the tangible things. What about the intangible? How can we compare the “abuse of freedom” of something as simple as face masks mandates, while other parts of the world live in fear of masked vigilantes and militia who are terrorizing communities, kidnapping for ransom and even taking lives? Are we so far removed from a world war fought against a regime that claimed millions of lives because of their race or religious beliefs that we must once again argue about whose lives matter? All the while millions of unborn children lives apparently do not matter as much as individual choice.
My Advice – Say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope. (Titus 2:12–13, NIV 1984).