Serial Reading of Young People’s Problems Chapter 28 – Learning Contentment – Part 2

Serial Reading of Young People’s Problems

Chapter 28 – Learning Contentment – Part 2

This final topic is of such importance that I opted to cover it in two parts. I’d like to begin today’s consideration with a favorite quote from my personal collection: “Events belong unto God, but duties belong unto us” (Anon). This quote often comes to mind when I face a difficult circumstance, reminding me that the Author of our faith rules in all events; my call is to dutiful obedience in submissive faith.

Now, to continue with Miller’s thoughts on contentment:

“We are to let ourselves rest down upon God’s omnipotence, nestling in the bosom of His everlasting love. We are to stay in the strong, warm refuge, not restlessly tossing ourselves out of it. If we stay in God’s love — God will keep us in perfect peace. ‘You will keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.’”

These are words that we need to heed and to pass on to our covenant children. It takes learning because it is not our natural state of mind and spirit to be content.

“[Contentment is] not to be affected by the things around us. It may be of special comfort to young Christians to note that Paul says he had learned this lesson of contentment [Phil. 4:10ff]. He was quite an old man when he wrote the verse, and we may suppose that he was a good many years learning it. Probably it was not an easy lesson for him, and we may suppose that he got it only through long discipline and careful training.”

Miller continues, saying, “This may seem, therefore, not to be a young person’s problem — to be a lesson which the young can scarcely expect to learn — yet it is not impossible for the young to attain this grace.” In fact, “The lesson is set for the young, therefore, for it is in youth that it must be learned. To grow into mid-life or old age discontented is to remain to the end discontented.”

“If young people realized how lovely the spirit of contentment is, and how unlovely discontent is, they would all strive to learn the lesson, whatever it may cost them. Discontent mars the beauty of the face, makes people old before their time, makes them petulant, disagreeable, and uncomfortable companions… One secret of lovableness is a sweet spirit, restful, at peace, quiet, and undisturbed in any circumstances. We all admire such a person.”

Character Advocates, do you know such a person? Is there one in your circle of influence that can be pointed to with the words “follow him or her, as they follow Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1; Eph. 5:1)? I have a favorite verse that brings to mind my beloved stepfather who lived and modeled contentment so well. Isa. 30:15 defines the peace and confidence which I saw in him, but which few of us have apprehended. My step-father’s example remains before me as a life goal which, like Paul, I have yet to fully apprehend; but a goal it remains nonetheless.

“Shall we not set this lesson for ourselves in the bright days of youth when we are learning to live? Let us trust God and do our duty… He will take care of us.”

Let us both learn and teach in our TEAM2work task that, “though we must walk through dark ways, we shall always find light; for He who is the Light of the world walks with us.”

Find the full text on Grace Gems at: http://gracegems.org/Miller/young_peoples_problems.htm

…Joe LoGiudice, Principal