Hebrews 13:5

Watch Out!

One of the great lessons one must learn is to be content.  These children in Myanmar have very little of the “things” that most of world enjoys, but they too must learn to be content and not to covet what others have and enjoy.

The trap of discontentment and coveting is a serious trap.  It is often much easier to focus on what others have and what we would like rather than to be content with our possessions.  To look at others and wish to have what they have easily clouds one’s focus and desire to be content.  The sin of covetousness is listed in Colossians along with what we would label “gross” sins.  Often the sin of coveting is overlooked, and discontentment floods the mind and controls one’s life.

When covetousness drives a person, it causes anger, irritability, discouragement, complaining, and judging of others' motives which opens the door to other destructive sins.  The Scriptures are clear that we should be thankful for God’s blessings and joyful with others for good in their life.

Romans 12:15 instructs us to “rejoice with them that do rejoice,” and this is much better than being covetous of what they are enjoying.  Carefully thank God for all that you enjoy, “let your conversation (lifestyle) be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have.”