Contentment

Last week my neighbor and I had our first Bible study together. Her babysitter watched the kids at her house while we sat in the quiet of my house.

Perfect.

The topic for that chilly Monday morning: contentment.

Today, we live in such a comfort driven society that it’s easy to get our wants and our needs mixed up. One of the greatest obstacles to living contently is the confusion when it comes to needs and wants. When we take what we want and make it a need, we drive our discontentment.

Have y’all ever done that? I know I have.

Every time we switch on the T.V. or thumb through a magazine, the message is the same: it’s all about pleasure and fun…. ads convince us that without “worldly fun,” we’ll never be happy. Therefore when the fun runs out, discontentment sets in.

It’s hard not to get caught up in this.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that,” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

This convicts me: “If we have food and covering, we should be content.”

But are we really content with the simple things: food in the pantry, a roof over our heads?

Can you imagine the cultural revolution that would take place if we actually began to see everything beyond basic necessities as blessings instead of entitlements?

Take a moment and think: “What are my basic necessities?” “How much of what I have do I feel entitled to have?”

I know…it’s a lot of thinking for a Thursday.

But underneath is a question, “How can a believer be content in all things? The answer is found in Hebrews 13:5-6,

“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.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

According to Scripture, the secret to contentment is in knowing:

God is our helper;

He will never desert us; and

He will never forsake us.

We can be content in everything because God is on our side and he is all powerful.

Christian contentment is a conviction that Christ’s power, purpose, and provision are sufficient for any circumstance. Contentment is saying out loud in your heart and soul: “I have Christ and that is enough,” (see 2 Cor. 12:9).

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11.17.11

So true, that we get our needs and wants mixed up. The truth is, if we have God, we have all we really need. Great encouragement!
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This morning I found myself paying my literal last penny for a cup of overpriced coffee. No doubt it was a want, not a need. How different that moment would have been if I’d found my satisfaction in Christ in the drive thru.
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11.17.11

Girl, you are speaking truth today! And *ouch* stepping on the toes a little…in a good way! We have so much beyond what we really need…the question becomes, as believers, what should we do with the excess in our lives? Should we give it all away? Sell it and give the money to help those less fortunate?
Some are called to do that, but others are just reminded we don’t need all the excess stuff. Instead of buying into all the excess our culture demands…give to someone instead!

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11.17.11

““I have Christ and that is enough,” There is such contentment in being able to say that. Such great encouragement, Kelli! How wonderful that you were able to have a Bible study with your neighbor. 🙂

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First off, good for you on getting a sitter and really making time to meet with your neighbor! I need to do that more.

Contentment. You know I battle with different types of contentment. I don’t struggle with material objects, but with wanting more from myself, life, and those around me. Although that Pier 1 sale flyer certainly can trigger something in me!
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11.17.11

Kelli,

This topic has been on my mind so much lately, sometimes I wonder what our world would look like if we all moved past our sense of entitlement and lived content with just the basic necessities, your are so spot on, imagine the cultural revolution that would take place.

Blessings to you Kelli.
Kandi recently posted..happily ever afterMy Profile

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Convicting questions Kelli, and yet ones we should all consider much more regularly. Financially, this has been the worst year my family has had to date, and yet in comparison to many others, we still live in remarkable abundance. Finding the line between wants and needs and placing our true needs in the hands of our Creator should be an exercise that we partake in daily.

Great post!

Have a Blessed Day!
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11.17.11

Excellent post@ contentment is very hard for any of us because we think we can place it in people and things and stuff. But it only comes when we are content in Jesus. I use to think that when I am settle into life that I would be content funny thing about that was I never was. My focus was on other things..I learned over the years like Paul said I am content when I have plenty or nothing because I have been in both places having plenty and not having at all…and one thing about it is God is my God and He gives me the resources that I need…Contentment is and can be a struggle but it doesn’t have to win over us..amen
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