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Our Saviour Lutheran 56 Cleveland Dr. Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 

Being Content

It came to me like a deep revelation which was long hidden. I was looking for my favorite pan to cook dinner. It was the pan I pretty much used all the time, but I had to dig a bit to get to it. I had to move 5 other frying pans and a number of pots. I moved a wok out of the way and dug through lids. After I found the pan, I put it on the burner and began counting- 4 burners, but 5 frying pan and at least 5 pots with lids for most of them and a few extra lids from broken and lost items. When would I use all of these pans? In reality, I needed, at most ever 2 pans and 2 pots since there were only 4 burners, maybe one extra each, but I certainly didn’t need the number I had. I boxed them up and donated them.

After that, I began looking through my house at the number of bowls, plates, utensils, and I even looked into the kitchen drawer that one should never look into- yes, you know THAT kitchen drawer. This began the great expunge of kitchen items. This led to the expunge of several other places in my house. I began not a total, but a somewhat minimal lifestyle. I would only have things I need and donate or toss the rest of them leading not to excess, but just enough. I will fully admit that the wave of stuff rolls in and I have an issue with books and Legos, but I keep pretty regularly with going through everything and donating or tossing. I just wanted to be content with what I had.

This week, I had two sermons written, but one didn’t quite come together in sermon form. It was around the passage in 1 Timothy which read

“6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”

While Paul goes further with his reasons, the idea of being content in your life with what you have hit home for me. How often do we chase the bigger and better or the thing which promises it will change your life? It is amazing how quickly things will accumulate if you let them. Since switching to this new minimalistic lifestyle, it has changed the way I look at the world in that I appreciate more rather than covet more. I wind up taking care of the things I own
Pastor Justin Johnson
Our Saviour Croton on Hudson
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church · 56 Cleveland Dr · Croton on Hudson, NY 10520-2751 · USA

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