My wife and I have been talking about contentment and discontentment lately. We’re pretty content with our lives. We don’t make much money. We rent a small apartment. We don’t go out to eat unless someone else is paying. But we are content with our what we have.
I know a lot of people who aren’t content. People who get a new job every year or two. People who get a new house just as fast. People who refuse to decorate their house because they rent. People who buy new cars and within weeks are talking about how they would rather get a different one. Not to mention people who are on their third or fourth husband.
These people aren’t content. Their discontentment keeps them from ever actually being happy. If you always want something new or different, then you are never satisfied with what you have. How can you be happy when you’re not satisfied?
God gives us good gifts. He is the only reason you are who you are and you have what you have. Don’t you think God would want you to be satisfied with the gifts that He gives you?
It’s sad to me that people aren’t content with what God has given them. It’s sad that people aren’t happy with what they have and with who they are.
I think that the worst part of being discontent is that you usually don’t realize it. Every time you get a new job, it’s because you’ve found a better one. Every time you move to a new house, it’s because you’ll be more comfortable in this new one. Even when you finally buy your dream car, you have to get a different one because it’ll get better gas mileage. There’s always an excuse. Most of the time it’s a great reason, but it’s really just a cover up for the dissatisfaction that is buried in your heart.
Learning to be satisfied is a powerful thing. It will change your life. And God will bless you for it in many ways. Take a look at your life. If you keep making changes in you life (houses, jobs, cars, pets, husbands, etc.) or you tend to not let yourself get comfortable in the situation you are in because you’re waiting for something better, then you probably have a problem with contentment.
Here’s what you should do if you realize that you aren’t content:
- Don’t change anything. Don’t get that new job, don’t get a new car, just stop. You need to stop the pattern in your life of constant change. Even if you think you might get paid a little better at a different job or a great opportunity for a new house comes along, just don’t do it. At least for now.
- Look around you and see what you have. Take stock of everything God has given you, and thank Him for it. Thankfulness is a powerful thing and it can heal you of discontentment. If you are honest, you can and probably should, spend a couple hours thanking God for the blessing He’s given you without repeating any of them. (Thankfulness can actually do a lot of great things in your life)
- Pray for satisfaction. There are some good things that can come with not being satisfied with certain things, but in general God wants us the be satisfied. He wants to be our source of satisfaction. Let Him.
- Sit back a rest. When you aren’t constantly changing things, when you are thankful and you are being satisfied by God, you will feel a peace and a rest that you probably haven’t ever felt before. Enjoy it!
Being content is a wonderful thing. I hope that you can become content and enjoy it the way that I do.