I just want to be ..… content

Everyone wants to be happy.  For some, happiness is a state of euphoria or ecstasy, for me, happiness is more a state of contentment or satisfaction.  So, what does the life guidebook (the bible) say about contentment?
1. Contentment is really, really valuable. Paul the apostle writes: “godliness with contentment is great gain”.  Big promo for contentment here; Paul’s aim in life is to teach the importance of God and here he is adding contentment to the mix.
2. Contentment doesn’t come easily to us.  Paul again writes: “I have learned the secret of being content”.  So, contentment is a secret that must be learned.  And, if contentment is really valuable then it must be worthwhile for us to try to learn this secret. So, where do we start?
3. Ditch our love of money.  The writer of Hebrews says : “keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have”. This suggests that loving money is in conflict with being content.  So, instead of loving money (and stuff), love God, love people and be content (happy).

2 thoughts on “I just want to be ..… content

  1. I must-with respect- take issue with item 3 in particular. Wouldn’t “being content with what we have” throughout history have left us living in caves and dragging around our womenfolk by the hair? Human nature i.e. the human nature that your God created, generally requires that we are motivated by personal advancement in our quality of life. This isn’t a love of money, rather that money is the means by which we secure that advancement. Also, would it be churlish of me to point out that I can think of no organization in the world that is more preoccupied with money than the church? They have lots of it, pay no taxes and yet… they never seem to have quite enough.

    • Stephen, thank you for reading my blog and for your comment. I don’t believe that being content need be in conflict with personal or societal advancement, but always being discontent with one’s blessings or advancements must surely be a painful way to live. We humans are capable of advancing in ways that have nothing to do with money or the love of money. Money itself is neither positive or negative but I believe that the “love of money” can be in conflict with contentment; that is certainly my personal experience. I welcome your comment on “the church” as I draw no connection between loving God (or loving people) and organised religion, of which I have more than a small degree of scepticism.

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