When life isn't the way you like it, like it the way it is... Jewish Proverb
Contentment....satisfaction; ease of mind. Contentment springs up from having God's view on life. Our preoccupation with the comforts of this world and the desire for more hinders contentment. God has granted us all we need in life. It is up to us to use it. Can we be satisfied with our condition? Do we always want more? I am ashamed to say it, but this is something I struggle with in my life. How difficult it is to be content with what we have when the world has so much to offer! There always seems to be a new gadget or new curriculum being offered. A new book with the secret on how to make my life easier or something to make my life more pleasurable. Music equipment, photo equipment and books are just a few weaknesses of mine. I pour over music and photography catalogs yearning for merchandise held within the glossy pages. How silly to actually lust after stuff. But that's what I'm doing. "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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."Philippians 4:12-13.
Since striving to be more content my existence has been an upheaval and disseverment of life's needs and wants. Separating the two has been an eye opener. This is not to say you are not to have any pleasures in life! The Lord loves to prosper his children! My front tooth chipped --again. I don't have to have it fixed..... Neither can I afford to have it fixed, :o) Nor do I want to go around looking like a hillbilly (no offense to hillbilly's - I'm obviously, and without effort, crossing over). I don't think God wants me to be that content..... well, I hope not or we're going to
chat pray. ;) Being satisfied with our situation in life is requisite to our contentment. The more content we are the closer we can grow to God. He truly is all we need. It is with great intention I seek the gift of contentment.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5.