Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Aston

Rev Jen 10 on Contentment plus 10 sins for2020

Rev Jen 10 on Contentment. In prison St Paul writes: ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want...’ (Letter to the Philippians 4:12). Impossible? What’s the secret?...

1. Contentment isn’t what we’re born with, we LEARN and PRACTICE it

2. Contentment doesn’t depend on what life does to us, it’s how we RESPOND

3. Contentment ACCEPTS what we can’t change, CHANGES what we can

4. Contentment CHOOSES to see the POSITIVE in every situation

5. Contentment grows as we count our blessings, THANKFUL for what we have

6. Contentment is HARD when we struggle with pain or worry – it’s STILL a choice

7. Contentment does NOT expect life or people to be PERFECT

8. Contentment lets go of anger, hurts, grudges and FORGIVES

9. Contentment refuses to ENVY or compare

10. Contentment comes with DOING GOOD giving love, kindness and caring for others

‘Contentment is courage in brokenness’ (Liz Carter)

‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength’ (St Paul’s letter to the Philippians 4:13)  

Rev Jen 10 Sins for 2020 The bible lists seven sins that damage our health and relationships - lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. In today’s 21st Century I’d include sins/attitudes that damage others...

1. Bullying – emotional, physical, cyber, domestic, workplace

2. Blaming others - making excuses, not taking responsibility

3. Terrorism and torture - seeing others as less human

4. Racism and bigotry - seeing others as less human

5. Exploitation - slavery, human trafficking, cheap labour

6. Exploitation - drugs, porn, gambling, drink addictions

7. Exploitation – pollution, waste, overconsumption

8. Tax evasion - sense of entitlement

9. Ageism – cult of youth, beauty and perfection

10. Cynicism – why bother? nothing will change

Jesus said ‘why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own...first take the speck out of your own eye...’ Matthew 7:3-5