Thursday, June 2, 2011

Greed vs Contentment

I recently read, for the second time, Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes. It is the story of Tracy Whitney, a very ordinary woman who was framed by the mafia, wrongly imprisoned and upon her release, became a con artist. She often worked with Jeff Stephens, a fellow con artist who eventually became her husband.

Jeff was trained by his uncle Willie, who once told by him,
...remember, sonny, you can't con people unless they're greedy to begin with. You can't cheat an honest man.
People become greedy for several reasons. One is that they do not want to honestly earn that which they desire. Another one is that they are not content with what they already have.

The good book is quite clear about the need to be content. In 1 Timothy 6:6,
godliness with contentment is great gain.
So friends, we are called upon to appreciate and make the most of what we currently have. Contentment doesn't mean that we stop being ambitious. Contentment actually goes hand in hand with other virtues such as gratitude and honesty.


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