Ian’s Game: Popcorn Tag
Notebooks: 5 min
Ezra’s Discussion: Contentment
What are you unsatisfied with? Why?
What is your thought response to this feeling? What actions are you motivated to do as a result? What words do you speak about this?
What benefits are there to being dissatisfied?
What are the disadvantages of dissatisfaction?
What are your needs? What are your wants?
How do you feel about the needs or wants of others? Do you prioritize others wants over your needs? What risks can be inherent with that sort of prioritization?
What does the Bible say about this?
A couple verses mentioning wants:
Mark 10:42-43 NIV
“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,”
Luke 14:28 NIV
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?”
A couple verses mentioning needs:
Romans 12:6-8 NIV
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
Mark 2:17 NIV
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.””
How should we think about our needs and our wants?
How should we think about the needs or wants of others?
Read Isaiah 58:
Ezra’s Prayer: Lord, please help us to see ourselves and others as you see them, make us grateful for whatever we have and content with that, while also being inspired to work and strive for better things without allowing them to take our focus away from your will and an accurate Godly perspective in the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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