Friday

12 final suggestions on contentment (Ch 13)

Jeremiah Burroughs gives his final suggestions on how to be content, found in chapter 13 of The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.

1. Fill your soul with grace
All the tricks and tools won’t do you any good if you don’t get a grip on your heart. Let grace be the ballast in your boat.

2. Keep a loose grip on the world
At some point, whatever you’re involved with will bring you some trouble and thorns. Choose carefully what you’re involved with.

3. Be sure this is where you’re supposed to be
When you know you are where God has called you, you can be quiet and content even when you meet with trouble.

4. Play fair
Whatever your work is, go by the rules. Be ethical. Seek to serve, not to be served. Stay within God’s boundaries, and you’ll remain under his protection. And sleep better at night.

5. Live by faith
Never forget God’s promise that all things work for good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). Exercise your faith.

6. Think spiritually
Meditate on things above (Colossians 3:1). Go higher. Talk more with God. Rise above the snakes that crawl below.

7. Be realistic
Don’t expect all the world’s material blessings to fall at your doorstep. Don’t promise yourself different things than God promises you.

8. Die to the world - daily
If your heart is dead to the world, you won’t be tossed about by its upheavals. Let your happiness come from outside the world.

9. Don’t dwell on heartaches
Dwell instead on things that comfort you. Thank God often for his mercies.

10. Reframe the past in God’s favor
“Make a good interpretation of God’s ways toward you.” There are many interpretations you can put on an event. Choose the truthful one, the one that shows God’s glory. Love thinks no evil.

11. Don’t depend on others’ interpretations
For example: Do you think your wealth is small because you measure it by America’s yardstick? “Oh, do not let your happiness depend on the fancies of other men.”

12. Don’t get too comfortable with comforts.
When you have comforts, enjoy them, but don’t become dependent upon them. If they are then one day removed, you won’t fall apart.

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Burroughs concludes with this:

Here is a necessary lesson for a Christian, that Paul said, he had learned in all estates therewith to be content. Oh, do not be content with yourselves till you have learned this lesson of Christian contentment, and have obtained some better skill in it than heretofore.

I pray for better skill in it than heretofore. I thank God for lending Jeremiah Burroughs to us to provide clarity of vision for our lack, and for explaining how to use God’s tools to work towards progress in it.

If there is ever a # 2 book I will now recommend on contentment (# 1 is the Bible), this one is it. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment is a cut above. Read it; weep over it; be changed by it.  

Phil 4_11

More from Chapter 13
How to Attain Contentment – concluded”
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

5 comments:

Brenda said...

I've been very interested in this book as you have talked about it... and would like to read it. I think the little snippit at the end, in combination with the fact that I am focused on Philippians right now- pushed me over the edge. Ha. (You know I'm always close to the edge!) Anyway- do you want to loan it to me? The library doesn't have it that I can see. You may not want to part with it if it's your 2nd favorite book on the subject and I know my track record isn't the best about getting books returned to you... but at least I REMEMBER I have them. Ha ha. :-)

Lisa notes... said...

I'll let you borrow it, if you'll sign in blood. ha. I know where I can find you if you don't return it.

I think it would go great with the Philippians study. Much better than with my Ezekiel study. (Although I might need to exercise it more while I'm studying Ezekiel. ha)

Brenda said...

Hey- could you give it to Sonja tomorrow? I'll be seeing her in a couple days. Otherwise... maybe we could actually get together. I would like that more than getting the book! :-)

Laurie M. said...

Great summing up, Lisa.

It's been great reading with you and getting acquainted - and learning how to make our godliness great gain. Blessings to you.

Lisa notes... said...

Laurie, I have enjoyed getting to know you, too. And seeing your wedding pictures on FB. :-) Lovely. Beauty inside and out. I look forward to learning from you through Jonathan Edwards next.

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