The Contented Life

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content”  (Philippians 4:11).

Some things we should not be content with. For example, we should not rest satisfied with our present spiritual growth. God’s not done with any of us yet; we still need to grow. We should not rest content with present accomplishments. We have more to do for God, and so we forget what’s behind and strive for what’s ahead (Philippians 3:13). We know we can improve many things at home, church and work, and should strive to do so.

But we should always rest content with God’s plan for our life. He designed our life in wisdom, and placed us where we belong for good reasons. It may not always be easy to determine where He wants us, but wherever it is, He will get us there.

We face pressures from various sources to change our life, or even values. For example, often celebrities are set forth as examples to follow. We see them smiling before their adoring fans and we might get tempted to wish we were them. But we cannot see them behind closed doors. Are they really happy? Do they really enjoy a perfect life? When we behold the so-called ideal person living the ideal life, we could soon grow restless and wish we lived a life other than our own.

How can we grow more content?

1. Trust that God plans your life in wisdom.
Even though we may not know what’s going on at times, we need to trust that God navigates our life in supreme wisdom. He takes us through certain experiences in order to strengthen our faith and teach us His will. We should praise Him for the amazing investment He’s made in our life.

2. Know that God cares for you and your happiness.
We not only receive the benefit of God’s wisdom, but also of His love. He deals with us in love and wants the very best for us. Just as His wisdom knows what’s best for us, His love wants what’s best for us. He knows how much we can take and what’s best at each stage of our life. We should thank Him for caring so much about us.

3. Ask God for a content heart.
Finally, we need to ask God for a content spirit. The Apostle Paul’s life ran the gamut of extreme highs and lows, but He held fast to his faith and learned to be content. We, too, should ask God to help us accept His plan for our life. One way to serve and worship God is to gratefully receive His will for our life.

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