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The Secret Of Being Content

(Thomas Brooks, "A String of Pearls" 1657)

A man needs very little of this world's goods to
carry him through his pilgrimage, until he comes
to his home
until he comes to heaven.

A little will satisfy the demands of nature;
though nothing will satisfy a man's lusts!

“…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,

therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased,

and I know how to abound: every where and in all things

I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,

both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:11-12

A Christian, in the midst of all his worldly delights, comforts,
and entertainments, says, "Oh these are not the delights, the
comforts, the contentments which my soul looks for, which
my soul expects and hopes to enjoy. I look and hope  . . .
      for choicer delights,
      for sweeter comforts,
      for more satisfying contentments,
      for more durable riches!

A Christian's motto always is, or always should be, "I hope
for better things! I hope for better things than any the world
can give to me, or than any that Satan can take from me!"

Hebrews 11:13, 16

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