Thanksgiving and Contentment

We live in a comfort driven society. So much so that wants and needs become blurred. Discerning between what we need and what we want is a great obstacle for the content heart. When we take our want and make it a need, we drive our discontentment. 

Every time we flip the channel or thumb through a magazine, the message is the same. It’s all about pleasure and fun and great skin. Advertisements convince us that without these things we’ll never be happy. Then when the party is over, discontentment sets in like a dense fog on a rainy day. 

It’s hard not to get caught up in this. Don’t you think?

“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). 

Paul says if we have food and covering, we should be content. But are we really content with simple things such as food in the pantry, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our backs? 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? 

What are your basic necessities? How much of what you have do you feel entitled to have? How much of what you have, do you complain about? 

These are all questions I ask myself. How do we as believers have a heart of thankfulness and contentment? 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 the Scriptures, the secret to contentment is in knowing ~

God is our helper;

He will never desert us; and

He will never forsake us. 

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

Praying you and your family have a wonderful Turkey Day!


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Amen, Kelly! In Him, we have all we need to be content!

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace! Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also:
Love in Him,
Laurie Collett
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Very good post on contentment which is more of a struggle this time of the year. Blessings

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Hi, Kelli! You are so right! This is a real problem, in the U.S. especially! Only by living to please God, instead of comparing ourselves to what the world promotes, can we truly be content. Thanks for stopping over at my blog! Have a great Thanksgiving!
In Lo♥e, Ann
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Hi Kelli, someone asked on facebook the other day what our word for the year was. I had to go check (terrible) and saw that it was to be content. I find that at the end of this year I feel more content. I hope its sinking in. Great post and great reminder about how important contentment is
God bless
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Always wishing for more takes away our thankfulness and gratitude for everything we have been blessed with. Realizing that God is enough changes our perspective; our attitudes can change from a desire to wanting everything to accepting His provisions and being completely content! 🙂

Great post Kelli; thanks for visiting! 🙂
Blessings and love,

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A timely and important reminder. Beautifully expressed. Something to strive for… or rest in! Happy Weekend!
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You’re so right, wants are SO easy to manipulate into what we think we need. You wrote… “When we take our want and make it a need, we drive our discontentment.” Yes, I do that… I definitely do and I’m praying for God to give me a content heart with ALL that He’s provided for me and to see His blessings especially in the things that I “want” changed. I’m challenged by the questions you asked and a couple more come to mind for me… How much of what I want (not need) do I think I’m entitled to have at this stage in my life? And, is what I want based on what the world has to offer or what He does? Can you tell I needed to read this?? I love you… thanking God for the conviction that He rouses in me through your words.

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