I’m a Greedy, Discontented Pig


Discontentment does funny things to me. Like turn me into a greedy, ungrateful pig.

Point in case: my budget. There are times when money is a teensy bit on the tight side. My bank account starts running thin, and the McDonaldís value menu starts to look like a little bit of heaven. Youíve all been there.

You would think that when things get tight I would become more grateful for the things that I already have. But thatís not what happens. Instead, my discontented heart latches on to the one or two things I canít buy because of budget restrictions.

Iím living in a wonderful house. Iíve got the best wife, baby girl, mom and dad, brothers and sister, and dogs (okay scratch the dogs) in the world. I have ten Bibles in my house. I have enough money to keep my daughter full of nutritious food. I have clean water. Above anything else, I have the gospel. Salvation. Fellowship with the living God.

But in the heat of discontentment, I donít give a rip about any of these things. Instead, I become fixated on the one or two things I canít have. Instead of bursting with gratefulness to God, Iím shriveling up with self-centered discontent.

Thomas Watson put it well when he said:

Öour hearts are more discontented at one loss than thankful for a hundred mercies. God has plucked one branch of grapes from you, but how many precious clusters are left behind?

So whatís the solution for my mutinous, discontented heart? I need to spend time pondering the mercies of God. To reflect on the gospel and all the blessings that Iíve received in the gospel. To give thanks for all that I have received.

Discontentment doesnít grow well in the soil of thankfulness. Letís cultivate the soil of thankfulness today.

What about you? Can you relate to my discontented frenzy?

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  1. says

    Great thoughts! I am reading Watsons All Things For Good and man is it humbling to listen to Puritans talk about suffering and day to day anxiety with such joy and humility!

    Why did you change your theme for the blog?


  2. Jennifer says

    Definitely been there, and definitely have done that. What great timing, since I was actually reflecting on my lack of thankfulness last night. Thanks for the encouraging reminder, Stephen! There is always something to be thankful for, especially with salvation and the gospel in the picture.

  3. says

    Oh ya, I can identify.

    By the way, the two posts that I’ve saved from here on Bloglines have a picture of a shark and a pig, respectively. Normally, I don’t know how those would relate (it’s an interesting mental picture), but as a sinner, I can put them together in my own heart.

    Thanks for the reminder (though I just read Psalm 50 this morning and should have gotten the thanksgiving cue from there).

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