Contentment is not the buzzword of contemporary society. Social and internal prompters are stimulating us to engage in a frenzied race to desire and acquire more. What actually is “more”? But we can hardly resist the pressure. The result is a dissatisfied, frustrated, and distressed humanity chasing the illusive “more”. In the process, our inclination to serve and to give is seriously crippled.

The Bible exhorts the believer to embrace contentment (Phil. 4:11-13; 1 Tim. 6:6-12; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Rom. 8:28).  This entails a different mental posture. Acknowledgment and thankfulness for what we have received and appreciation and respect for the blessings of others are the components of this counterculture. It is in line with the instructions found in the tenth commandment: You shall not covet  (Exod. 20:17). So, how do we cultivate such an attitude today?

This issue of Dynamic Steward  explores the meaning of contentment and its relevance for quality of life and faithful stewardship. It also addresses the question of contentment versus life improvement.

Our article on financial literacy addresses the issue of credit card interest. The section titled “Building His Church” discusses about the celebration of life events. We are also sharing three experiences concerning e-giving practices. Is this the new fad or a useful tool?

Enjoy the reading, experience the content and contentment, and do not miss sharing it with others.

Aniel Barbe, Editor

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July–September, 2019

Contentment