Friday, February 3, 2012

Finding Contentment in a World of Fairy Tale Lives

A few years ago I met a man who was truly happy. His secret? Not his status or life accomplishments. The man knew how to be truly Content. To have contentment means to be satisfied, to have ease of mind. The Bible says that "A God-like life gives us much when we are happy for what we have." 1 Timothy 6:6 (New Life Version). Other versions of this verse say there is "great gain" in godliness and true contentment. 
If like me you are a very driven person, don't worry about being lazy because you choose contentment. What you gain is freedom from murmuring and complaining which will greatly improve the quality of your life.
We are often invited to view windows that display world of others. Whether through continuous tweets, MTV Cribs or a conversation with an acquaintance, we are often faced with fairy tale lives. They all have we want the most. A simple look may lead us to question the estate of our own lives. What we often forget is that a lot of editing goes into that which your eyes behold. The estate of another's heart is carefully hidden behind possessions, degrees, accomplishments.  
We are all responsible for our own hearts so today I am encouraged to seek contentment for a greater quality of life. There is no quality in living in a constant estate of unhappiness caused by unfulfilled desires I pick up from comparing myself with others. I can choose wisdom and satisfaction while taking positive steps ahead.
Psalm 37 gives me a great plan to achieve contentment. It says that my steps should be ordered by God (verse 23) and that if I trust God and I will live safely and prosper (verse 3).
My challenge for you today is to examine your heart and see if there is any lack of contentment. The next step is to ask God to guide your steps to the amazing life He has planned for you. It is also inspiring to talk to people who are truly content. Ask them how in the world they do it. Have an amazing weekend with Contentment!

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