Recently I ordered something online for my wife, Cherie. After I punched “buy with one click,” because filling out my information was too time consuming I was asked to choose my preferred shipping method. The choice I was confronted with was, “free next day shipping,” or free two day shipping.” Well, I’m no dummy, these items we needed for a Christmas party in December must be shipped the next day! We are a people that crave immediate satisfaction.
This desire to be appeased immediately is taught to us at a young age. If you are around my age, you grew up waiting and anticipating special events on television. In November you looked forward to the Thanksgiving day parade, a big football game and the TV special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” This classic half hour show was broadcast once a year and if you missed it… you missed it! Today we can stream our kid’s favorite entertainment options “on demand.”
I think one of the unintended consequences of our culture’s demand for immediate, on demand satisfaction is the lost opportunities to train our kids and ourselves how to wait, how to be content and by extension how to be grateful for what we have. If our favorite show, or the serving dishes we need for a party a month away can be had the next day or even the next minute why shouldn’t we expect whatever we want or desire to be available to us? Why should we be content with what God provided? What motivates us to share what God has given us with others?
We are going to explore those questions in our next sermon series, The Other Side of the Tracks, beginning Sunday, November 20th. This short two week series will prepare us to focus on the blessings God has provided for us this holiday season. I’m looking forward to sharing our study of 1 Timothy 6 with you.
We will have another special opportunity to focus our attention on God’s provision and express our thanks to Him on November 20th at 5:30 pm. We will gather as a church family to give thanks to God at our annual Prayer, Praise and Pie event. We will spend time praising God in song, praying together and then enjoy some great pie together in fellowship. We are inviting the other churches we partner with in United as One to join us for this evening of worship and fellowship. It is sure to be a little glimpse of heaven (because I’m sure there is pie in heaven)!Please mark your calendars and plan to make this evening of worship a part of your celebration this year. I’m looking forward to praying with you!
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
- 1 Timothy 6:6-8