“Now godliness with contentment is great gain” [1 Timothy 6:6]
All of us sooner or later need to break the rigidity that is taking over our schedules. We are creatures of habit, and I’m told it takes only three weeks to establish a new one. This means that once a habit is established and you set your mind to it, it begins to reflect who you are and you are off and running. Schedules are an ingredient of knowing the plan, purpose and goals of our lives, and as such, are important to living with determination and diligence. However, without being aware of it the habit is subtly creating rigidity and ultimately a measure of personal freedom is lost.
Step one is to stop, take a break [not just a couple of hours, but a couple of days]. Evaluate what you are doing by asking yourself these questions; is it fruitful, is it energizing, is it something that flows with fresh life and are you enjoying the process? And of course, most important, is it in alignment with your purpose in God? Answering these questions will allow you to re-set your priorities. You may find that your determination and diligence has been stolen away by distractions or even by someone else’s agenda.
Good, but not the best activities, will not only drain you, but will not produce the desired results. They do not renew energy and neither do they bring contentment.
Paul said contentment with Godliness is great gain – so increase is not only measured by size or amount, but by the contentment found in Christ and His presence. Break the rigidity of good things and make room for the best.
Further Reading: Psalm 139:15-16; Ephesians 2: 8-10