Contentment: The state of happiness and satisfaction.
This is a definition applicable to many different things. One can be satisfied after baking a cake because they are happy with the results. One can be happy with how their children behaved at the supermarket. Or one could be satisfied with the status of their financial portfolio. The definition by which somebody is content varies so widely that it is hard to apply an exact description to it.
The opposite of contentment could be described as one who is always on the search for something that makes them happy. This may come through eating food, experimenting with various religions, buying bigger houses, changing jobs, divorcing/getting married, and moving to a new location. Constantly striving for happiness or what satisfies you often sets you up for failure. True peace and true contentment are unable to be fulfilled through various means that only leave you empty as where you began. “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” 1 John 2:17 (NIV).
Think about that a minute. You know we will all die, but where you will spend eternity is important. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20. (NIV) Where are your treasures? What makes you happy? What treasures are you storing up in heaven?
Choose to be content just because and do not place your satisfaction upon earthly things. Contented and grateful people have a view of life that begins deep inside their souls. . How does one learn how to be content?
Learn how to be content:
- Start with being thankful
- Stop and laugh at the little things that irritate you, don’t let it rob your of your happiness. John 14:27 (Amplified) says, “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.”
- Count your blessings
- Be appreciative
- Trust in God, know He is perfect, and His will for your life. He seeks to do good through you, if you just trust in Him.
Make it your goal. Practice makes perfect.
Discontentment is a state of the soul, not a product of your circumstances. Colossians 3:15 advises, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…. and be thankful.”
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” Philippians 4:11