It’s an attribute rarely seen in our culture.
Paul says in Philippians 4 that he has learned to be content in whatever circumstance he is in.
Contentment is definitely a ‘learned’ feeling – it doesn’t come naturally to many of us. We are surrounded by a gigantic marketing industry which constantly barrages us with ‘bigger, better & more’ messages. We just lived through the largest marketing push of the year. It’s very clear that we all need a new car, a new computer and a new cell phone. And we need it now :)!
Learning contentment is one of my goals and my mother was a great role model for me. She didn’t have much worldly wealth but she was rich in happiness as she lived her life in close relationship with God. (The picture is one of my favorites – my son’s first Christmas. He’s 33 years-old now.)
As I work on learning contentment, I remind myself that God has given me everything I have. This is my portion and I need to be a great steward of it. That’s how I can honor and delight my Father God.
When my thoughts are filled with counting my blessings, I feel that I have more than enough. I have been abundantly blessed and I am content.
Unfortunately, I don’t always stay in the Land of Contentment…..but I know how to get back to it. When I find myself straying down the ‘bigger, better, more’ aisle, I know I need to spend more time 1 – on – 1 with my Abba Father so he can get my desires lined up again with his.
And – poof! I’m back in the Land of Contentment!
Thank you, dear Father!