But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Tim. 6:6)

THE BILTMORE MANSION, Oak Alley Plantation, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water are three houses we have toured. I love history, architecture, and grand homes, and, fortunately, my husband enjoys them as well. So, often we visit sites like these when on vacation. It’s fascinating to observe the “lifestyles of the rich and famous” past and present; that’s one of the things I savor most about travel. And, beyond the obvious educational value, I think this helps us teach an even greater lesson to our children.

It’s important for kids to see that some in our community and world have more money; some have less. Equal work does not always result in equal income. Those who have more money are not to be envied, and those who have less are not to be disdained. We must recognize ourselves blessed and be contented.

Some never master contentment. Paul knew that as he advised Timothy in his church ministry. He warned Timothy about the dangers of the love of money, and he offered some practical suggestions. Paul instructed all of us to remember the temporary nature of money, to be careful not to sin in order to gain it, to give generously, to love people and God more than money, and to strive for contentment with what we have. How much better would the world be if we all found contentment?

Do as Paul advised; work hard for what you have and find contentment with it.

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.