To be content with who you are and what you have, is the secret to a full life. The best thing about contentment is that it has no unpleasant side effects. You can’t buy, sell or overdose on contentment. A heavy dose of contentment can provide a full night's sleep, relieve anxiety, conquer depression and eliminate stress. Unfortunately, contentment no longer serves as an option in our busy dysfunctional culture. We prefer to covet another man's wife, his position or possessions. We would rather spend our money on alcohol, weed or opioids to reach a short-term high that will need reinforcing again and again. Contentment can be tried by anyone who desires a longer more satisfying stress-free life. Best of all, everyone has the God-given capacity to learn to be content. “ Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”(Ph.4:11-13)
Contentment is not lack of ambition, nor is it an excuse for slothfulness. It is a God-inspired attitude that encourages effort which leads to success. A person who is afraid to fail will never succeed. People who are content may or may not possess material goods but will always have a joyful spirit. Being obsessed with another person’s success is a prescription for despair, but being content with life is an inspiration to those around you. Contentment rises early, works hard and says today is the day I will prosper and be happy. “Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have.”(1 Tim. 6:6).
How does one find this inspiring elixir for a fulfilling life? The answer to this perplexing question can be found in the work of two beautiful sisters, Faith and Patience. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”(Ja. 1:2-3) Faith in God with patience equals contentment, the recipe for a successful, satisfying life. For more about your life with God read “Beam me up Commander” it’s free!