1. Be Content With Your Circumstances
One of the biggest joy-killers that I know is the lack of contentment in the everyday areas of our lives. Think about it for a little bit. How content are we really? We are always looking for something else, something better, something that will make me happier. We think that a new job would make all the difference in the world. So we hunt, we beg, we search, and we dream about the greatest job. We wonder what life would be like if we just had a bigger house, a nicer car or could travel the world. We get tired of our spouses and we file for divorce based on “irreconcilable differences” (that is if we don’t have an affair first). And why don’t we make more money like Fred and Wilma?
We are obsessed with our contentment, yet are we really content? Are we content with the life we live? Are we really content with the circumstances in which we find ourselves? We seem to always want more but more is often never enough. And we waste our days dreaming of how we can get ahead, hoping to find that one more thing that will round out our life, make us whole and finally give us the happiness we deserve. But it never comes.
So how can we be more content? It would be easy to say just do it but that seems too hard. But it is a matter of the mind and the heart. It is a conscious decision that we have to make. We have to come to the point where we decide that we will be content with our circumstances, no matter what they may be. We need to realize that all of those things are just things and that, one day, they will be gone. We have to find our ultimate source of satisfaction in God who is all-satisfying. Things just don’t do it. Jobs just don’t do it. Even our relationships with other humans sometimes just doesn’t quite do it. Then again, if we have found satisfaction in God, then all of those other things and jobs and relationships seem to also satisfy us. It’s weird how that works.
Maybe that’s what Paul was refererring to when he wrote in Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV), “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 all things through Him who gives me strength.”
Give it some thought and eat two cookies and call me in the morning.