“…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.”
We all struggle to be content in our circumstances in life. In order for you to be content with where you are in life, there is one key factor you must keep in mind -- contentment is a learned behavior. In our human flesh, we will always struggle and yearn for more: more money, more material things, better status, more time for ourselves, more of everything. Contentment is hard to achieve, but when you realize that it is a choice you have to make - that it will not come naturally to you--you have just made your first step towards becoming content. Paul says in Philippians, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” How do we learn to be content?
The key to being content is to trust in Christ and His strength. Allow Christ to live through you and keep your eyes focused on God and not the “things” of this world. Remind yourself throughout your day the difference between “want” and “need.” We all want things. However, the question we should ask ourselves is, do we truly need them? Sometimes if we just stick to that simple rule, our lives will become less frustrating and we will find more contentment.
I want to be content. I want to learn this very hard lesson. Teach me how to find contentment in You, God. As I go about my day and I look at all the pretty things life has to offer, help me to decide what is a true need or just a want. Give me the discipline I need to resist the never-ending lust for more.