Learning Contentment

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”  Philippians 4:11-12
So what’s the secret that Paul learned that would allow him to be content in any circumstance? For me, being content…STAYING content is a daily battle. Some days I can barely stand to look in the mirror at the body that no longer looks like the woman my husband married. Other days I find myself wishing I had more money to buy things for my home. Will this fluctuation in the feelings I experience ever go away? I don’t know for sure if it will leave me forever but I think I’ve found an antidote that will surely bring some relief from this disease. Gratitude. Yep, I believe it’s that simple. Oh, it may not be what Paul was thinking when he wrote what he wrote, but for me? It’s the very mindset that is the catalyst to contentment in my life. On days when I wish I could buy something new for my home, I stop and realize that I have a home. There is devastation all over our world everyday and many would love to have the “little” that I have. On days when I wish I could drop an extra 10 pounds, I stop and remember that there are probably plenty of people who’ve had a lifelong struggle with obesity who wouldn’t mind residing in my body for a while. On days when I wish my kids would leave me alone, I remember that these days are fleeting and one day I’ll wish they were little again. What area of your life do you need contentment? Are you single and think that marriage will bring you contentment? Do you think that having more material possessions will do the trick? You know the areas of your life where you are not content. Spend time in honest, open dialogue with God about these areas. He can handle it. Your lack of contentment and gratitude is no secret to Him. Today, you have a decision to make. I do, too. We can choose either to be content and grateful or we can choose not to. And we must choose before we are placed in a situation where we are comparing or complaining or wanting. During temptation is not the time to decide whether or not we are content.

12 thoughts on “Learning Contentment”

  1. My husband and I were just talking about this: people who move away b/c they aren’t happy here. So many times it isn’t about what is here or what is not, it is about WHO they are, and the fact that they will still be unhappy whereever they live.

    Contentment is totally a choice. I believe this too.

  2. That’s right… & I agree w/ Sarah it is about who they are, or at least who they think they need to be. I have learned to be content in the Lord and with the circumstances around me and pray that others will find satisfaction in Christ…because with out HIM they are desperately seeking to filled without finding it…it’s like this constant search.

  3. For so long I was trying to find contentment thinking that if I had more money or a new car or house that would make me happy and life better. Just ‘keepin up with the Jones’ however it is not the case. I have peace finding christ has made a difference I now look at life differently and appreciate what I have. thank you for your thought today!

  4. Content with our selfishness is where we need to be, but I never want to be content in my soul. I always want to be challenged by the spirit. Great post

  5. thanks for these thoughts. this has been the word of our home lately, and it’s always interesting to see it show up in different areas. we’re learning contentment through gratitude – a beautiful AND sometimes frustrating process! 🙂

  6. I don’t ever want to be content with my journey and say I have “ARRIVED”, but I do want to tap into God’s peace daily and let go of stupid stressors that creep in here and there!!!…..Your words are awesome!!!

  7. Contentment to me also equals Peace. Right now I am struggling with finding contentment with my health issues. It is hard some days to remember that it is His will and not mine.

  8. i reckon lately i’ve wanted time to go by quicker than it is. so much to look foreward to, i tend to completely overlook what’s right in front of me. today is beautiful, and i know that, but i think ‘just wait till tomorrow’. i guess sooner or later that thought will be moot, and if i don’t start enjoying today(s), i’ll miss the entire trip.

    good question!

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