In doing a small, very unscientific survey, there are several words frequently used to describe being content. Peace/peaceful, happy, complete, satisfied, and joy are just a few. The definition that I found in Webster’s dictionary which I think best fits us in relation to the world is: Rest or quietness of the mind in one’s present condition. How easy is it to be content? Sometimes hard…sometimes easy, it depends. But I have discovered one important thing; the more you have of God and His word in your heart…the easier it is to be content in all situations.
If you look in any magazine, on a billboard, or watch any television you can pretty much see what the world values. The “keeping up with the Jones’s” mentality is still in full swing even with the financial climate we live in. We need to have everything bigger and better than our neighbor. We do whatever it takes to get that promotion or raise at work. We have to be successful to be happy. – How false is that? 1 Timothy 6:7-9 states; “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” Please know, I am not saying that if you have a nice home, car, high paying successful job that you cannot be content or be a Christian. But if these are the ‘things’ that you need to be content…you are on a very self-destructive path.
During the past several years many people have taken their own lives and those of some family members because of financial difficulties. What do these types of actions say about where these people placed their hope? Are we, as followers of Christ, walking around with the same mind set, yet not taking it to this kind of extreme? Are we content in our present condition? Does discontent have any place in our heart?
I have come to the conclusion that there is only one area in my life that I should be discontent in and that is my walk with Jesus. Why? Because the goal of my life is to become like Christ not necessarily to be happy. God does want us happy…but He will do what it takes for each of us to have and grow in His character. How could we ever become satisfied or okay with where we are in Christ? Our life with Christ is a moment by moment journey. We struggle, we learn, we fail, we begin again. We praise, we pray, we read, we worship, we love Him. We seek Gods will in our life on a daily basis and ask Him to show us, as we go along how to be content in His arms…His love. When we love Jesus first and foremost…then and only then are we truly content!