Contentment is Knowing the Difference Between a Want and a Need

The hotel bathroom in the hall had no hot water. We flushed the toilet with a bucket of water. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Our tiny room had a cement floor, and the cardboard patching the window was little protection against the freezing temperatures outside.

It didn’t help that I was sick from our meal in the mountain village the night before. We’d seen the Peruvian villagers washing our serving dishes in a stream before we ate. That’s probably what did it.

The Indians in that village were grateful and content. They joyfully traveled by foot to a small church with a dirt floor. They would have considered our cement-floored hotel a place of luxury.

Sometimes I need experiences like this to remember the difference between wants and needs. I have so much more than I deserve. 

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath

You might also enjoy these devotions about contentment:
Freedom of Contentment
Or check out Bible Love Notes archive of 1-minute devotions on Contentment.

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