The Beauty Contentment – An Inside Job
Contentment. It’s something we all strive for but how many of us ever wonder if we’ll ever reach that state? If we’re honest, many of us spend our lifetime energy planning and pursuing better lives for ourselves than we had growing up. We are determined to do better than our parents and doing whatever we can to instill that drive into our children and loved ones. We’re in hot pursuit of our careers, achievements and yes…material goods. And with time, we get those things. However, when achieving those things only mean as much as the next chase, we find ourselves in a constant state of restlessness, and contentment alludes us.
I submit that contentment is an inner peace—a state of mind that supersedes all circumstances. It is knowing and embracing that God has given us our portion and that our lives are secure in Him, not in things that can fade away. Life will throw some heavy blows and we will suffer loss and disappointment.
It all boils down to a change of mindset. Paul so eloquently reminds us, “…for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
Philippians 4:11-13 AMP
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