The Power of Contentment

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances - Apostle Paul

When I was small, we got to eat meat once a week. We went out to eat rarely. Sight-seeing and holiday travel were very rare. Our indoor entertainment was limited to television and reading books. We had specific time slots for pre-approved programs on television from our parents. I can tell you we were never unhappy. We were never dissatisfied. We were ready to follow the family rules. We never asked for more because we were not exposed to "more".

I shared a message a few years back in my local church on a youth Sunday. The topic I had chosen was "Challenges of modern Youth". When I was growing up in India, there was only one TV channel. When I gave the sermon on that Sunday morning there were 300+ TV channels. In my younger days, there was only one movie shown on television per week, which was not part of our parents approved list. But then it has increased to more than 30+ movie channels which showed various movies all days, all night and all weak. Things have changed and the options have increased over the years. A few months back, my son showed his WhatsApp message with the video of his friend on a cruise. His friend was proudly showing off his room in cruise and shared the video with the entire class. There is big peer pressure on parents as well as on children due to the mere comparison. The social image in our society today is measured based on "things" we own and “things” we do compare to what others own and do.

Aligns with God's Purpose

Being content is all about living life happily with what you have without worrying about what others have. Lack of contentment at times leads us into spiritual, emotional and physical issues. Living a life which you are not destined to live for leads to complicated consequences. God created everyone one of us with a beautiful plan and purpose. He gave us skills and talents to achieve the purpose for which we were created. But if we are not content with the purpose He gave us and look at ways to achieve a purpose which is not ours then soon we will end up getting lost in a cloud of confusion. Then we can’t question God for our situation but instead, trace back our path and align our life back to God’s plan.

Avoid Financial trap

Life with contentment avoids financial traps. If you are content with what you have, you would not be chasing money. Family expenses will be managed within family income. Bible says, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.

Learn to be Content in all situation

Apostle Paul writes to Philippians, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Whether he was hated or stoned, beaten or shipwrecked, in all situation Paul learned to live with contentment. Like Paul, we also need to learn to be content by tuning our priorities.

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