Someone once said:
"If you can't get to sleep at night, check your pillow."
"If you can't get to sleep for two nights, check your mattress."
"If you can't get to sleep for three night, check your conscience."
Paul wrote to Timothy in First Timothy 6:6, "true religion with contentment is great wealth."
What does the word contentment mean to you?
How do you respond to the statement, "Contentment is _________"?
What is your "fill in the blank" answer?
Here's what I am learning. Contentment is not the opposite of success. In our culture we somehow believe that I am only content when I stop striving and straining to reach the goals that I have set in my life.
Contentment is not being lazy. Rich and poor people can be discontented.
Contentment is not being passive or meek.
Contentment doesn't mean you don't have ambition.
If my ambitions come from a desire to serve God, to help others, and to improve myself so I will have a greater impact in my world, then the fulfillment of your ambition will bring you contentment.
Contentment is elusive to us, because we are scared to death that the world is going to pass us by. It remains a future thing.
I will be contented when:
I have a baby.
I get another job.
My kids are raised.
I get over my illness.
God wants us to be contented in the present.
What is contentment? Peace of mind. Happiness. Joy.
It's ironic - we fight and strain and push forward for happiness, satisfaction and peace of mind by overspending, ocvercommitting, and overworking.
Striving, consuming and accumulating will never bring happiness.
There is tremendous power in contentment, because when you are content with what you have, you are free. You are free from concern over having it all now, and free from worry, stress and anxiety.
Where does my contentment come from? From my relationship with God.
Strive for contentment today by striving for a deeper relationship with God.