In visiting with Elaine today, she asked me how I was doing. I appreciated her concern and replied that I was doing better by learning to be more content. Although realizing my overall life circumstances had not dramatically changed, I perceived having a more positive attitude toward them.
I Timothy 6:6 states: “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” Godliness and contentment cannot be self-manufactured. A heart of godliness and contentment comes directly through a personal relationship with Christ. Attempting to pull one’s self up by one’s own boot’s straps cannot achieve either of these attributes.
Acceptance of uncontrollable life events is essential. Living in a state of contentment requires a faith that believes God is active and present knowing our needs before His even being asked. In that state of faith God can stir us to new heights of living far above the pangs of the past.
Blessings come forth from a attitude of contentment both personally and corporately. By both learning and living out contentment, personal peace ensues; and a fellow sojourner has a unique ‘grace gift’ to share with a desperate, restless and hurting world.