William Barcley records an interesting insight about contentment. According to Barcley 100 years ago parishioners went to their clergy and looked for advice about how to deal with their difficult situation whereas today parishioners go the their clergy to look for advice about how to escape their difficult situation. We struggle as a culture to be content. To be satisfied or happy about what you have we need to learn the 2nd secret to contentment: thankfulness. Let’s try something.
Exercise: Think about something you wish would be changed in your life.
Thank God for what you have! Not what you want but what you have right now.
A few weeks ago, a community to the north of me experienced a horrendous F-5 Tornado. Joplin, MO. I had opportunity to see the devastation first hand about a week after it happened and it was overwhelming. Unsuspecting people just like you and me woke up that morning and went about life as normal. They didn’t know that by the time they went to bed that night they would long for the things they woke up with that morning. I think the reality that what you have right now is the heart of contentment. We can be happy right now. We can be satisfied right now. We can be content right now.