“Fostering Contentment and Joy”

On October 14, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

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.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been immersed in gratitude. We’ve talked about the benefits of living in gratitude, the role gratitude can play in the hard times, and how essential it is for us to give out of our own gratitude. We typically associate it with a feeling, but fostering gratitude in our lives is just as much about doing as it is about feeling. The author of 1 Timothy reminds us how the love of money and desire to have more is in direct opposition to a life of contentment and ultimately gratitude, but we are wired to pursue more, better, and bigger. The good news is that it is possible to actually re-wire our brains by practicing gratitude! This week we’ll dive into some of the actions we can take that will lead to lives of gratitude, contentment, and joy.