Contentment: The Real Riches of Life

Wishing for Contentment?

Contentment - A Studio 1-37 Original ImageDo you ever find yourself wishing for what you don’t have? Is contentment in life evading you? Perhaps you seek happiness in all the wrong places or maybe what you think will bring you satisfaction in life just doesn’t do the trick. Often when we view the “grass on the other side” we realize it isn’t greener just a different hue. It is tempting to think that others have it easier or that more of everything will satisfy our life. Unfortunately, on this earth, nothing will ever be enough if we consistently long for what we do not have.

Every week, Robert, a pilot, always looks down intently over an Appalachian valley he flies over on his route in his plane. One day, not long ago, his co-pilot asked, ”What’s so interesting about that spot? You stare at it every time we fly over. Robert replied, ”See that stream down there? When I was a kid I’d sit down there on a log and fish. Every time an airplane flew over, I would look up and wish I was flying. Now I look down and wish I was fishing.”

It seems many of us are always wishing for something else when what we are really searching for is contentment in our present life. Too often, the world associates the riches of life with contentment. But the riches of life don’t create contentment as many of the world’s wealthiest people will quickly tell you. Instead, real contentment in life creates the true richness and to gain this richness you don’t need the treasures of the world.

Contentment 101

Contentment in life is only found through connecting fully with the creator of all life. By placing God first, we learn to honor and center our desires on Him. This creates satisfaction with what He is doing in our life. Allowing our thoughts to fill with His desires and take on His character as our pattern for life, we quickly learn that there is no need for concern about anything else. For then we have what our soul longs for. Contentment arrives through the secret of drawing on the power of Christ for strength in the present.

When Christ leads our life, we learn that our attitudes and desires change from wanting everything to accepting His provision and power to live for Him. We cease to compare and despair our life to what others seem to hold. It is here that we can find satisfaction in realizing that God’s sufficiency meets our needs. The key to contentment in life is to trust God fully to meet all our needs as we clearly see the richness of His love expressed in what only He provides.

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 1 Timothy 6:6 (NLT)

Stop the Comparison!

Learning to be content and satisfied with life begins by ceasing to compare yourself to others. A devout Quaker watched as his new neighbor moved in next door. He pondered as costly modern appliances, electronic gadgets, plush furniture, and costly art made its way inside. Finally, the onlooker called out, ”If you find you’re lacking anything, my new neighbor, let me know and I’ll show you how to live without it.” It is important to remember that one day all the riches of the world will be gone. Contentment comes from realizing that life itself is rich.

By placing God first in all things and trusting Him to provide just what you need you allow yourself to be content with the present. With contentment, you are in a better position to determine what good you can do for the world. When you are content you learn to love people more than worldly things freely sharing what you have. And most importantly, you learn God’s work is better than all the treasures of the world. For it is then that you realize that true richness is only found in Him.

Challenge yourself to find real contentment in life by putting God first in all you do. Allow your convictions to trust in Him to provide what you need. Find motivation in knowing that He cares enough for you to give you the things in life that are best for you. And surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that no matter your earthly riches it is only through your belief in Christ that you experience the ultimate reward of the richness of eternity. For God is the richness of life who provides the contentment you consistently seek allowing you to realize there is no greater treasure to be found.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

Socrates

Extra Study

Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:11 ”“ 12, Hebrews 13:5

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