Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Contentment -William Plummer

"What shadows we are--and what shadows we pursue!"

"Humility is the mother of contentment."

"Those who realize that they deserve nothing, will be content with anything."

When we become lifted up with pride, and think we deserve something good at God's hands--it is impossible to satisfy us. But with the humble is wisdom, quietness, gentleness and contentment. He who expects nothing, because he deserves nothing, is sure to be satisfied with the treatment he receives at God's hands.

The proud man is like a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke. He is turbulent and fiery. He alienates friends; he makes enemies. He has much trouble and sorrow--where the humble man passes quietly along. Pride and contentment do not go together. Neither do contentment and carnal ambition.

"Do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not!" (Jeremiah 45:5)

Our actual needs are not many; but the ambitious create a thousand desires and demands, which are hard, if not impossible to meet.

He who is carnally ambitious, will not be content with whatever he gains, because each elevation widens his horizon, and gives him a view of something else which he greatly longs for. And so he is tossed from vanity to vanity--a stranger to solid peace.

Are you ambitious for the things of this world?
Then you are your own tormentor!

-William Plummer-


At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Kim from Hiraeth said...

That was powerful.

I have never heard of William Plummer. Is he a puritan or reformer?

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...


He is kind of hard to come by. He lived in the 1800. You can read some of his writings at Grace Gems.


God Bless


At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Great thoughts on pride. Pride was the first sin ever committed (Satan) and is at the heart of every other sin. The thought occurred to me once that we are never acting in a more satanic fashion than when we act in pride.

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:07:00 PM, Blogger Puritan Belief said...

Great Post Doug.. Thanks for keeping the things of God in perspective.

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These words were great. Humility is a great lesson we can learn from Baruch, Jeremiah's "recording secretary". One short chapter of Jeremiah's prophecy with a very powerful message we all should heed.

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 7:57:00 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Wow, great blog--thanks for visiting mine today. Really needed the reminder about pride today.

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:48:00 AM, Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

i dint know of William either. looks like i should bet into some of his writings.
thanks again for your godward thoughts.
if we follow Christ's exaple we should be humble to the extreme, who has pore reason to show pride than God, but he was humble enough to be born in a stable, and obedient enough to be horrifically executed.

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:54:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

"He who expects nothing, because he deserves nothing," is sure to be overwhelmed at the goodness of our God.

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:54:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

ps: you did have to dig to find Williams Plummer...:)

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 9:41:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Plummer actually found me. I received a quote by him in my email. :)

I'll be looking into more of him.



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