Monday, November 13, 2006

The Secret to Contentment

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13 (New International Version)

What is the secret to contentment? The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities and your source of power. You can be content by seeing your life from God’s perspective, focusing on what you should be and not on what you feel you should have, setting your priorities according to God’s will and being thankful for what God provides you. Contentment is also found by drawing on Christ’s power for strength and relying on God’s promises. The strength you get from your relationship with Jesus is sufficient to do His Will and to face the challenges that arise from our commitment to Him.

Jeremiah Burrough, a 17th century English Congregationalist and Puritan preacher, stated "Contentment is not by addition but by subtraction: seeking to add a thing will not bring contentment. Instead, subtraction from your desires until you are satisfied only with Christ brings contentment.". If you always want more, ask God to remove that desire and teach you contentment in every circumstance.

God will supply all of your needs – not in the way you want, but in a way that He knows is best for you. By trusting in God, your attitudes and desires can change from wanting everything to humbly accepting His provision.

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