Sustained happiness and true contentment might be harder to find today than at any point in history. Studies claim that the average American sees between 5,000 - 10,000 advertisements every single day. Everywhere we turn we’re told that we’re not good enough, don’t have enough and that we need the next big thing.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a new iPhone or purchasing a new outfit. The struggle is finding the balance between enjoying those things and being content with what God has already given us. Here are three results we can expect from finding 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 don’t 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.”