Want To Be Content With Your Life?

Is your life under control?  So many people lack contentment in their lives.  They feel unworthy, they fear failing, lack purpose, have many unfulfilled needs, don’t get any breaks, feel inferior, lack knowledge and the list goes on.  As our world seems to be going through one crisis after another, so many are just financially holding on and many people are really struggling.  As a result they find little to be content about as they appear to have little control over what’s going on in their lives.

What do you need in life to make you content?  Could it be you really don’t know who you are?  Many times we become who our parents or others tell us we are!  Who do you depend upon to take care of you?  Is it the government when you retire?  Or, is it your employer’s pension, family or your personal investments?  Do you ever put God first on your list or does He come in last?  Here is what the Bible tells us: Philippians 4:11 – 13 – “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 all this through him who gives me strength”

Contentment is an attitude! What is it we feel we must have, must be or what needs must be fulfilled before we can become content?  Is it our financial situation that will make us content?  Years ago I read Charles Wesley write: make all you can, save all you can and give all you can.  I have tried to do that and I believe the contentment came through giving.  You may think I am talking about giving big bucks.  Returning to God what He commands is not necessarily giving.  Giving can also be sharing with others.  It is having a servant’s heart.  As I previously stated, contentment is a result of having the right attitude. If that attitude comes from God and Scripture it makes a big difference.  How do you work with people?  Do you follow the “Golden Rule” and do unto to others as you would like to be treated?  Contentment can come from helping others become more successful.  It could be advising them how to correctly invest and save or many other ways.

We run into so many Christians who seem to have a very grumpy, negative disposition.  You just know they are not into their Bible. They still have their original worldly attitude.  When they received conversion they just kept the same old self-centered nature and never allowed the Holy Spirit to make them a new person.  When the Holy Spirit checks them, they just ignore Him.  They then wonder why God is not blessing them.  Why isn’t life giving them any breaks?  How come others are treated so much better?

I know of no one that from time to time hasn’t had problems.  Probably no one had more problems than the Apostle Paul as he wrote from maybe a prison dungeon.   He tells us he had to learn to be content.  He wrote in Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”  God knows every need you have and He is able to meet every one.  Don’t waste your blessing by having a worldly attitude and living as the world lives.  Begin believing that you can do all things through Christ who will give you the strength.  Then be content with what you have and make the best of it knowing the Holy Spirit was given to you to give you joy, peace and contentment.  Then if you still do not have it, maybe more time in Bible study will make a difference.  Every Christian can have contentment in their lives!  It certainly makes life easier to live when you are not frustrated and fussing, but content.

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