“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed of hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”- Philippians 4:12-13
“Peace cannot be stolen without your consent. You willingly yield it up.”- Anonymous
Chapters 3 (“Trapped, Drowning, and Bleeding”) and 4 (“Not Alone”) conclude Part 1 of Satisfied. In those chapters Jeff Manion discusses 4 characteristics of contentment, emphasizing that contentment can be achieved only as we draw on the strength of Christ. Christ’s strength is available as we enroll in the school of contentment. We are not alone.
1. Failing to harness the power of contentment results in spiritual devastation. Filling the empty space in our hearts with stuff not only is illusive, but it can be self-destroying.
2. Waiting for a situation to change is one of the greatest challenges to contentment. Contentment is a crucial ally when facing a seemingly interminable delay.
3. Contentment is not something we are born with. St. Paul states that has learned to be content.
4. During prolonged adversity, the challenge is not to grit our teeth and endure, but to embrace a life of joy and thankfulness. It would be wise to contemplate how it would look to lead a contented life.
Today’s question: What characteristics of contentment resonate most with you? Please share.
Coming Tuesday (for real!): the new Short Meditation, “Pulling Out All the Stops”
Tomorrow’s blog: “Mom always liked you best!”