Have you every been caught by M.I.C.E.? I am not talking about little critters that make cats salivate and elephants jump. M.I.C.E. is the international espionage acronym for the four means of recruiting agents and informants. The letters stand for

  • Money
  • Ideology
  • Compromise
  • Ego

According to one ex-KGB agent, money is the lure within the United States. Wave enough money in the eyes of some agents and they will quickly forget what flag is waving back home. Penetrate the depths of a U.S. spy scandal and you will most likely find money at the root. But it is not just secret agents that get infatuated with money. Most of us have a warm spot in our hearts for cold hard cash. I think that is why Paul made sure that Timothy, one of God’s best “agents,” understood that money is the cheese that baits a dangerous trap.

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:6-10 ESV)

Grabbing for money can leave us with a fist full of pain. Just look at Judas, that infamous disciple who sold out Jesus for a few silver coins.

Mice are on the prowl. If you want to avoid their ferocious bite, the secret is not more C-H-E-E-S-E, but more C-O-N-T-E-N-T-M-E-N-T!  Great wealth is not getting more, but enjoying more of what we have.

STAY FOCUSED TODAY:Take a few moments to think about what you have that you are not enjoying. Most of us don’t need more, we just need more contentment. Ask God to help you enjoy what you already have.