The title of the email gave away our topic for today which is chasing contentment. So many times I believed myself to truly be content when I wasn't. I was still striving for things, desiring things and focusing on things that weren't important.
But real honest and true contentment is something that you can actually feel and will manifest itself in the way you talk and the way you walk life's path.
Google defines contentment as, "A state of happiness and satisfaction." And honestly when I read that definition I was like YES! That is what I want to pursue and grab hold of in my life.
So often we think of contentment in terms of being okay with your lot in life or not wanting more than you need or even simply not buying things. But that way of thinking about contentment is lacking and doesn't help us live up to all of the beauty contentment can bring to our lives.
The Bible says this about contentment:
Phil. 4:12-13 says, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
Paul shows us here that our contentment has nothing to do with our material possessions or current circumstances. Our state of happiness and satisfaction comes from knowing that God has washed us of our sins, provides for us and protects us.
Once we stop chasing physical things and instead chase spiritual things and spiritual understanding we can truly lay hold of the richness God has given to us.
Luke 12:15 says, "Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Greed is the opposite of contentment and robs you of it. And the Bible says there are all kinds of greed. Search your life to see if greed in some area is robbing you of living in a state of happiness and satisfaction.
Finally 1 Tim. 6:6-7 says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."
Don't miss out on your life chasing things that ultimately don't really matter and being unhappy and dissatisfied, when you could live in a constant state of happiness and satisfaction by simply chasing contentment.
And being content won't mean every moment of your life will be one big thrill and laughing matter. But it will provide you with ataraxia, "A state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity." You won't get caught up in trivial matters like comparison and jealousy, living above your means or showing off.
Look around you and see all that God has blessed you with. Do you have a loving family, some don't. Is your mind at ease because your sins are forgiven, some people's aren't. Can you pray to the Lord, fellowship with the saints, commune with Him, openly read your Bible, some can't.
I hope these words are helpful as you chase contentment. I have found contentment in my Savior and focusing on all that He has richly blessed me with spiritually; and it shows itself in my appreciation of my husband, my children, my home, my car, my clothes and my health. And I can appreciate the physical blessings and be content with them but my contentment does not come because I have them.
Next week we'll continue our series on chasing. How will you chase contentment in your life? Let me know on the Facebook page!
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