Contentment. Content is one of those words that can have both a positive and negative connotation. Today, I want to speak about the positivity in contentment. See contentment does not mean that you are stifling yourself or that you are not willing to grow. Contentment means “a state of happiness and satisfaction.” I take contentment as being able to find the happiness in any situation. 1 Timothy 6: 6-8 NIV states ” But godliness with contentment is a great gain. 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.”
That verse is a fantastic example of what I think contentment means. We often believe that if we are not where we wanted to be that we should not be happy where we currently are. We can generate our happiness from where we want to be, using happy fuel can get your further than fuel from disappointment. It is also important to value life where you are now. You do not know what tomorrow holds. For me, I do not want to get to a place where I look back and realize I missed several moments of joy being disappointed about something that I want in a future that is not promised. The previously mentioned Bible verse states that you brought nothing in this world and you cannot take it with you when you leave. However, the moments and memories can be everlasting. Those memories include the burst of joy in your heart when you just stare at your child’s smile or when you give a kind hug to a co-worker. I encourage you to find contentment in your current situation with hopes and expectations for a better future. Also, keep joy nearby in case things don’t go how you planned, but trust that the master planner, God, always has your best intentions.
God, thank you for today. Lord, I may not be where I want to be, but I am grateful. I will find happiness where I am because that happiness becomes a planted seed that grows into a fruitful plant of blessings and joy. Holy Spirit, guide me daily so that I can see the happiness around me and embrace contentment.
Love, Peace, Joy, and Abundant Blessings