You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. Matthew 5:5, MSG
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap. 1 Timothy 6:8–9, NIV
My husband and I both have cell phones that are several years old. They still work, much to the chagrin of my children, who work and save to upgrade their phones regularly. My husband’s even once fell out of his shirt pocket and into a tub of water, but even that couldn’t destroy it. I’m happy with my old phone—it can make calls and text, and that’s sufficient. I can use my laptop or desktop to send e-mail or surf the Web. I’ve attained phone contentment.
In other areas of life, contentment is incomplete. I’m content with our house—I don’t want a bigger one. But I long to fix ours up a bit, to replace the carpets or the old furniture, upgrade the kitchen. I’m happy with my thirteen-year-old Toyota, but I’d kind of like a newer SUV.
Everything in our culture pushes hard against the value of contentment. Advertising’s goal is not to inform us about products so much as it is to make us discontent with the products we already own, possibly even the one we bought last week.
Lisa Graham McMinn writes in The Contented Soul, “Being content does not mean we are satisfied. In fact, to be content is to know we will always be groaning this side of eternity. Yet when we believe that fullness will come, that there is more than this life, we live with contentment.” The “more” she writes of is Jesus. His love and grace are sufficient. Resting in Him, we can be content.
FAITH STEP: In which areas of your life do you experience the most discontentment? What would it take for you to be content?
Contributed by Keri Wyatt Kent
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