Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Rolling Stone magazine ranks it as the number two song on its "500 Greatest Hits of All Time". It is the number one song on VH-1's "One Hundred Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time". The reason it became so much of a hit was not because of how it sounded but what it said. You may remember the title, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction".

I must admit that when it comes to satisfaction and contentment, sometimes I run a little short myself. The reason is simple; we all want more. There are a lot of high dollar, white collar executives on Madison Avenue who drive Mercedes' and BMW's, living in penthouses because they are able to do two things; make sure that you and I are discontent with what we have and make sure that we always want more than we have.

Why else would someone pay $2.6 million for a 30 second ad slot during the Super Bowl? They are making mega-bucks because they know how to create discontentment. If there was a single word that summarized the American dream it's the word "more". We want more money, more success, more square footage, and more luxuries. We live for more. Many live for their next raise, their next house, next car, and next purchase. We just can't find any satisfaction.

Many go through life thinking that contentment is just one more something away. If they could just relocate, they would be content. If they could just go to another church, that would please them. Now if the truth be known, things will never satisfy us. Many who are trying to get ahead need to stop and take stock of what they do have. Then they would realize they are ahead. If you are a follower of Christ, you ought to take inventory of all that you have and all that God has done for you and all that God has given you. Then, thank Him for it.

Someone wisely wrote, "Contentment will make a poor man rich and discontentment will make a rich man poor." Jesus said in His Word, "Be content with such things as ye have, I will never leave nor forsake thee." Today we Americans could complain. There's lots of fodder for that. However, we could also learn to realize how blessed we are in this great nation. Let's choose the latter.

Pastor Brindley

1 comment:

  1. Hey Pastor,

    Thank you for the message in this blog! The, simple to understand but challenging to apply ,principle of contentment will be a goal that i am pressing toward! Thanks again, Matty