Daily Devotional January 31, 2022

Ever since COVID-19 turned the world upside down, many routines have changed.  Because barbershops were closed for an extended period, Shannon started cutting my hair.  This is a routine we have continued even though the world has opened back up.

Shannon is much better at giving haircuts than she imagines.  In fact, she is really good, but she’s never satisfied.

Shannon will look at me with a critical eye and whip out the scissors to “fix” what isn’t perfect.  Even though it’s a good haircut, it’s never good enough.

Sadly, many people look at their lives the way Shannon looks at my haircut – it’s never good enough.  This often leads to disaster.

Eating disorders are the result of someone looking at their body and never being content.

Many divorces are the result of one or both spouses looking at their marriage, and instead of working on it, they call it quits because the grass is always greener somewhere else.

Many find their lives filled with envy and jealously because what they have is never enough.  There’s always someone with something better, bigger, or newer.  Instead of being content, their lives are nothing but empty pursuits for the latest house, clothing, vehicle, or toy.

If you find yourself in the category of never being content, know this is not God’s will for your life.  You will never know peace or happiness if you are too busy thinking about what could be, instead of what is.

No, life is not perfect.  In this world, it never will be.

Be content with the blessings God has placed in your life.  This is what will bring you true happiness in a world filled with those who are discontent and unhappy.  God wants more for you. 

Thousands of years ago, an old, experienced pastor named Paul was trying to help a young, inexperienced pastor named Timothy, see what really mattered and what didn’t.  He said, But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

Whether you know it or not, you are blessed.  That’s because God loves you.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, open my eyes so I may see how blessed I am.  Help me be content, happy, and whole.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Don’t be one of those miserable people.  Be content.  Be happy.

Also, just for the record, next time Shannon pulls out scissors to fix what doesn’t need to be fixed, I will remind her that I’m so devastatingly handsome, I make any haircut look good.

I am content with my handsomeness.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins