Contentment can be found!

We usually look at other people’s lives and think, “Man, they have it good.” We live unhappily thinking that our lives could be so much better than it is now. Wanting more, envying others for what they have and feeling like victims of circumstance. Look at this article from Christianity today:

“Being a Facebook user, I love posting prayer requests or sharing photographs with friends and family members. Within seconds news travels through cyberspace, lessening the distance between family and friends. Unfortunately, this also becomes a temptation for comparisons, which lead to discontent. We log on and see one of our friends has happily posted an achievement. Instead of responding with heartfelt congratulations, we turn a little green. Isn’t this the same thing I’ve labored on for years with few results? Defeated, we log off, busying ourselves with something else.”

We are usually discontent with our bodies, our economy, our family, our friends. Married people are discontent with their spouse, we are discontent with our cars, our home, our hair, our height, etc. We always want what someone else has, all the while forgetting to be thankful for what we have.

Why am I talking about this? Because we have all played in our heads the movie that is the rest of our lives at some point. And many of us have made that movie a reality. Get a degree, get married, have some kids, have a successful career, 2 cars, a house and a dog. You are going to be the best at what you do. Maybe even be a great leader in a church. Wow, life is good!

And by no means is any of this bad. And reaching for it isn’t bad either. Dream big, reach your goals, and be those men and women of God that will make a difference in society. But what happens if all that disappears? What if you never reach all your goals?

There are going to be times, if that time is not now, that you will go through hardships. You will confront disappointments and failures. You might even go broke. There might come a time where you lose that dream job, when you won’t get that dream car, where finishing school seems like an insurmountable distance. Moments when nobody will be able to help even if they wanted to, when life will smack you in the face and you will want to complain to God and say why did you do this to me?

It is in these moments that you will learn that life is more than achievements and monetary gain, more than looks and perception. True joy and Contentment comes from Christ. Loving Him, living for Him.

Man what a tough word, contentment. The dictionary defines contentment as the state of being happy and satisfied. And most say, “If I have a good job, and nice house, I am content”. But the issue is, stuff comes and goes. You can loose everything in an instant. So we need to find contentment in something more permanent.

Paul says in Philippians 4:10:13:

”I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret to be happy at anytime in anything that happens, when I have enough to eat and when I go hungry, when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough. I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength”

Wow, that is powerful. Contentment in your life, no matter what your life looks like, can only be found in Christ. That is the only way we will truly be happy.

Let me ask you: Are you content, satisfied, glad and delighted with your present state in life? If you are not, remember what Paul said: “I have learned to be satisfied.” He wasn’t born a content person. He was born just like you and me, a sinful being. Through faith in Christ, he learned to be truly satisfied, no matter the circumstance.

If you are afraid of the future or discontent with your present, put your life at His feet and trust Him. He is wiser, smarter and more powerful than we will ever be. Plus, you don’t know what he has in store for you:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 5:8-9
 
Lourdes Rodriguez

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