How to be content

Have you noticed that we don't know how to be content in life. If you have a job, you dream of a better job. If you are young you want to be older. If its old you want something new. When you are single you want to be married and when you are married you want to be single. Sigh.

For most of us, contentment has often felt elusive, like it was always two steps ahead, never allowing us to catch up. And that illusion make us believe that if we get better jobs, a husband or wife, a new car, house or new environment then we will finally be content.  Contentment also does not mean having a passive, laid-back attitude that just accepts whatever happens without a fight.  Contentment does not mean settling for less than you are capable of.


In Philippians 4:10-13 Paul teaches us what contentment means. He says "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  The original word for content, scholars tell us, contains a fine sense which does not come out into the English translation. It means self-sufficing.

Paul shares with us that that he has "learned" it. This means that he was not always able to say, "I am content in any state." And this also teaches us that contentment is a lifelong process.  What I also take from that scripture is that contentment is an attitude.


How to be content

So how do you learn to be content:

Pray.  Regardless of what state you find yourself in today, you too can do “all things through Christ”

Let the  Spirit of God lead you.  I have personally learned that discontentment comes when we also don't align our hearts and minds with Jesus and His purposes for our lives. 

Have Faith in God. We know that without faith it is impossible to please God.

Contentment is an attitude. Learn to have a better attitude about your life. Having a negative attitude about your life will hinder God first in your life and then you.

Be thankful. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18)