Peace and Tranquility and Prosperity

Peace. We sometimes think the way we gain peace is by getting more. More money. More security. More achievements. More people knowing about us. And so we attempt to achieve peace by working more, earning more, knowing more, doing more. John Calvin suggests this approach to obtaining peace is wrong-headed. Instead, a peaceful life begins with giving yourselves and possessions and desires and ambitions to God and trusting completely in his blessing. He writes, “To begin with, then, in seeking either the convenience or the tranquility of the present life, Scripture calls us to resign ourselves and all our possessions … Continue reading Peace and Tranquility and Prosperity

How to Be Rich without Choking Yourself

“Someone might ask whether it is right for God’s children to be rich, to employ the good things which God so generously gives and to derive pleasure from them. After all, our text says “Woe to you who laugh. Woe to you rich. Woe to you when men speak well of you.” “What’s this?” you say. “Is it wrong to lead a good and virtuous life and to be well spoken of? Doesn’t St. Paul urge us to do good in the sight of all? Don’t we read somewhere else that every mouth should be stopped and that men should … Continue reading How to Be Rich without Choking Yourself

Thinking about Contentment…

“You never learned the mystery of contentment unless it be said of you that, just as you are the most contented man, so you are also the most unsatisfied man in the world.” “A man who has learned the art of contentment is the most contented with any low condition that he has in the world, and yet he cannot be satisfied with the enjoyment of all the world.” “Though he is contented with God in a little, yet those things that would content other men will not content him.” “A little in the world will content a Christian for … Continue reading Thinking about Contentment…