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Want to be content? Be discontent.

We have a crisis of discontentment today.  We have more than we have ever had - but we are less content that we have ever been.

So, here is the deal.  If you want to be content - you have to foster a healthy discontentment.

Seriously.  You can't be content without it.

A lot of people think of contentment as a passive state of simply being "OK" with your life.  That isn't contentment.  It is denial.  Or worse, it is despair - the loss of hope for something better.

Contentment is not a passive acceptance of what is - it is the result of an active pursuit of what is better.

We are discontent because have a hunger for something we don't have.  The problem isn't the hunger - the problem is that we try to feed that hunger with the wrong things.  We crave something - so we try to feed it with buying stuff, or with the distraction of entertainment, or with more and greater achievement.  And it doesn't work.

You can't satisfy a desire for rest with food - nor…

Affordable Christmas: Metro East Style

This last Saturday, The Journey: Metro East (soon to be Trailhead Church) hosted our first Affordable Christmas at our space in Edwardsville, IL.

Affordable Christmas was the brain child of Josh Wilson and the crew at Mission St. Louis.  They decided several years ago to try to empower a group of low income parents with a way to shop for their children's Christmas by giving them an event that offered new presents at drastically reduced prices.  This event has proven to be one of the most anticipated events put on by MStL. 

So, this year, we jumped in with them (or, I should say they jumped in with us - they brought over a great crew to help us staff and run our event)!  We have been working over the last two years to build relationships with a group of families living at SIUE's family housing, and this even was a great way to empower them and continue to serve them with the love of Christ.

It really was a blast.  We had fun.  The parents had fun.  The kids had fun... man, wha…

Gratitude and the Gospel (part 2)

Gratitude is a catalyst to gospel growth in our lives.

Or, as Colin Powell would say, it is a force multiplier.

I heard Colin Powell speak at a leadership event years ago and he talked about how military leaders are always looking for force multipliers - elements that are natural to the environment and will increase the effectiveness of your strength.  It might be a hill to come down or a ravine to travel up through or a line of trees to use as cover.

In the Christian life, it is gratitude.  We can see this in a number of passages, like this one:

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)The Bible is full of crazy commands.  Like this …