Are you resisting life’s bad pitches? Betting the farm on a risky business venture? A foolish relationship choice? Succumbing to a temptation in order to feel accepted?
Contrasting a good eye with a bad eye, Jesus taught that seeking contentment apart from God led to discontentment (Matthew 6:22-23). Today, we use “good eye” to commend a batter for letting a bad pitch go by.
Contentment is satisfied in the peace of the Restorer. By trusting in godliness rather than our giftedness, we can be free from micromanaging profitable outcomes. The Apostle Paul summed it up when he spoke against those who used godliness as a means to financial gain, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy).
What would happen if you were generous with your time, talent, and treasure? Would you be content enough in Christ to give to someone in need? Would you spend extra time with your spouse or children, allowing them to set the agenda? Would you invest your talent into a coworker? Would you give some of your treasure to a neighbor who’s struggling?
Imagine if you let life’s bad pitches go by and lived content in the peace of God in Christ, the focal point of the eyes of your heart. This is yet another step you can take as you travel Restoration Road to lived restored to authenticity.
When life is centered in Christ, we discover that His peace is greater than our desire for contentment.
For more, watch:
Episode 10: Restoring Our Four Desires (Significance & Contentment)
Episode 11: Restoring Our Four Desires (Control & Security) with Tony Dungy
Episode 27-30: God’s Ins, Outs, Ups, and Downs of Resources (Part 1-4)
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