This is from an article written for MIM-YLN in November….
…My brother once said to me when I ask if he was satisfied where he was in his life, he said, “I am satisfied with my dissatisfaction”.
We are a driven people and it brings unrest. Society says drive for more.
Contentment in our society is considered a weakness and an anti-virtue of an American. It is correlated to complacency.
Yet the bible teaches us that contentment is a requirement to live an effective life for Christ.
Can we live with the call for contentment? Especially in business and on the job.
Does this mind set work in your life?
From this we can say that the aim of man is his preparation for the return of Christ and to be ready to enjoy Him for eternity.
From the verses we learn.
- My emotional and conditional wellbeing is not dependent upon event or person or circumstance.
- Contentment is not dependent upon circumstance. It is a declaration of your status that is outside our circumstance and is dependent upon the truth of God
- Contentment which is an attitude, positions us to have gratitude.
Biblical contentment means “It is enough”. We need to view all circumstance and positions and say to God and believe “it is enough”. When Philip ask Jesus to show him God, Jesus said to him…To know Jesus was enough…Contentment.
Contentment is an acceptance of the goodness of God that is expressed in my life’s condition. It is the heart of gratefulness.
Contentment is key to
- Servant life
- Your giving strategy
- Good decisions
An author said: “to be well skilled in the mystery of Christian contentment is the duty, glory and excellence of a Christian”. 1536 AD
This Thanksgiving week look around you and take stock.Be grateful for your life, salvation, and place in the world. Is your place in this life “enough”? Is knowing Jesus “enough”?
Be content. This is the heart of Thanksgiving.