One of the hard things to achieve in life is contentment. To be content is to be OK with who you are and what you have. A contented person is not always desiring something they don’t have or getting tired of what they do have and wanting something different. To be content means to be satisfied.
It’s pretty hard to be content with your life if you are always looking at what you don’t have and dreaming of having something else. The fantasy is always better than the reality. Right? Look at how God puts it.
Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing the wind.
God says that contentment comes from “enjoying what you have.” God is saying to take a good look at your life and focus on the good stuff, and be grateful and enjoy those good things. Don’t keep looking at what you don’t have and desiring it to the point that you become discontented with what you already have.
It is God’s desire for you to be content. Don’t get caught up in “dreaming about the nice things” you don’t have so you can be content. You will find that “things” and “position” do not equal contentment. It’s a mirage. It’s a dream. God characterizes it as “chasing wind.”
When you come to realize that contentment comes from accepting who you are and being happy with what you have then you will be content. You will be happier and this is good for your health.
Proverbs17:22 NLT A cheerful heart is good medicine.
When you come to realize that contentment is not about a great resume or position or having all the nice things, but is about enjoying what you already have, you become a happier person. It’s actually good medicine for the body to be content rather than stressed out trying to get “more” and be “more.” God says to relax.
Proverbs 14:30 NLT A relaxed attitude lengthens life.
When you are truly contented, you relax, and this leads to a longer, contented life! So, calm down!
Listen to the Apostle Paul’s insight about being content.
Philippians NIV 4:11-13 I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
Is being content hard? It can be. But you can overcome whatever it is that is upsetting your contentment.
Here’s the bottom line. “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”
Today is a good day to start being content. And if you find it difficult, let God help. If you do, you will be happier, healthier, and live a lot longer!
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