The Joy of Contentment

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[vimeo id="126964678"] Recently, an article published by Relevant magazine has been trending across social media. It’s titled, “The Socially Acceptable Sin.” The article deals with the sin of gluttony which many people probably wouldn’t think of as a prevalent sin in society. However, if you think about gluttony as an insatiable desire to always want more, then it becomes easier to see how deeply rooted it is in our society. Instead of concentrating on avoiding the sin of gluttony, I want to focus on reclaiming the joy we find in contentment. However, this is not an excuse for ceasing to strive to advance in your divine design. Rather this should remind you to approach things in a balance manner.  Here are the three balancing ideas we find in contentment.

First, contentment fosters a thankful spirit. When we continually want “more,” our attitude will always revolve around what we lack instead of what we have. However, when we find satisfaction in the blessings of God, we become thankful for all that He has given. So every additional blessing God gives us evokes even greater gratitude!

Second, contentment creates stability. As the old saying goes, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” If we never find contentment with where we are, we will continually be driven to new places in search of more. We will go into debt to buy the newest and greatest model of car. We will purchase over-priced phones because they boast updated features. Content people have no need to change for the sake of change which creates a more stable lifestyle.

Lastly, contentment encourages giving. When we focus on our need for “more,” we have less for others. People who are content with what they have, will experience the freedom of giving away what they don’t need. If you are content in waiting to upgrade your iPhone, you have several hundred dollars you can invest into other people’s lives. The beauty is that through contentment you gain more than you could ever buy. As 1 Timothy says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope these words have encouraged and empowered you on your life’s journey. Please feel free to leave any thoughts or comments below. Thanks again and have a great day!