Contentment is an Acquired Strength

Contentment is not having everything we want. It is knowing all our needs will be provided.

 

One morning at the Mission.

 

A knock came at my office door after morning class.

I bid the visitor enter.

He was a man, one of my charges, who had been in the rehab program for a short seven weeks of a one-year commitment program.

“What’s on your mind,” I asked, bidding him to sit down.

He said he wanted to leave the program. He said I would lose too much money if I stayed an entire year. He was an electrician, a good trade to have.

I asked if he would ever have enough money to satisfy his desire for more. I asked from my own experience.

He looked down and gave a slight shake of the head. Then, looking up, he replied, I know how much I will lose in my trade if I stay.

I told him no amount of money would bring him sobriety, neither would it bring him contentment.

He said he didn’t want contentment. He was a go-getter, he said. There was great work available and money to be made. He wanted to get it while the “getting was good.”

I asked how he was going to stay sober. What’s your plan, I asked.

He shook his head, saying he could do it on his own.

After a seventy-minute discussion, the conversation came to an end.

He was leaving. The reason was the oldest and most seductive of reasons, money.

I liked him and saw great potential in his recovery attitude when he first came to the Mission, and I enjoyed working with him.

I lost one, and that always hurt.

He didn’t want contentment. That was the one statement that stayed with me the longest from the meeting.

Contentment is one of the greatest attributes the Lord offers us in this world.

Contentment is also one of the hardest to hold onto without variance.

 

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Weather dark, thick cloud-covering. Cold, blustery, forbidding. Winter just beginning, I want no more. Time to set my sights on the sunny, tropical south sea islands. It’s not in the cards, however. So, time for an attitude adjustment.

A gloomy, cloudy winter’s day can affect my mood, but it is transitory. It’s like a mist hanging over the joy of the Lord resting underneath. I can sink no lower than the joy of the Lord, the Rock that sustains me. Though, my passing mood may be glum, my attitude still is positive. I’m positive He still Reigns!

 

Finding contentment that pleases

When contentment is strong

And faith is more than just a song

The words proclaimed

There is no other Name

But Jesus.

~G.W. 

So, from where does contentment come? You and I, like *Paul, must learn it as we mature in faith, whether our attitude on a gloomy day or getting passed over for the desired position. We should ask the same question. What about Christ’s all-sufficiency means He is not enough for me to find contentment in this circumstance? Because He is enough if we will look up and see. Contentment is a rare jewel and a precious thing to glean. The elusive nature of contentment is not new to our age. And contentment in His riches is still gained by remembering that Christ is Lord and nothing else is. What more do we want?

 

*Philippians 4:11-12

 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who (provides all my needs).


18 thoughts on “Contentment is an Acquired Strength”

  1. Such a beautifully written post, G.W! As usual, your writing reaches out and grabs me. This line is one I’m going to post in a prominent place: “What about Christ’s all-sufficiency means He is not enough for me to find contentment in this circumstance?” Tears right now! Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kendra! That means a lot to me!
      Yes, the question you mention is the one I use to kick myself in the pants when I need it! Our trust in Christ’s all-sufficiency being the key.

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  2. you are so right GW. It’s acquired. It’s a bit like a muscle, use it and it’s stronger, or don’t and lose it.
    I do like the foundational statement a lot ” I can sink no lower than the joy of the Lord, the Rock that sustains me.” and yes, it must be an intentional ongoing trusting the Lord to be in that place.

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    1. “It’s a bit like a muscle, use it and it’s stronger, or don’t and lose it.” I like that a lot, Gary.
      And the “foundational statement” is truly just that. He is the foundation of all my trust. Thank you for adding so much meat to the table, Gary!

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  3. Ah, this hits close to home for this restless soul. Reminds me of Paul’s admonishment to “be content with such things as you have.” I believe it’s called the “Hedonistic Treadmill?” We always return to the same level of satisfaction—no matter what we accomplish or obtain. A true wake up call, brother. Thank you, and God Bless!

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    1. The “Hedonistic Treadmill.” Yes! I’m going to remember that one, thank you, David. I’m glad this spoke to you in a helpful way! I certainly have been there.
      God bless you, brother!

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  4. Great post! Much of the problem comes from the natural perspective, we normally call it being “carnally minded”.
    We can have no lasting contentment without the security of the Holy Spirit. This is why we keep feeling, and fighting the draw of those things that we bind ourselves with.
    “…For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
    Galatians 5:17
    God bless you G.W., and thank you

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  5. Your words spoke to me so much today. I will save this blog and refer back to it often, especially in the coming days when I know that my contentment in God and His plan for me will be stretched. I don’t get to read every blog as I would like, but I’m very thankful that God let me read this one.

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    1. Thank you, Patty for the kind words of your comment. May the Lord wrap you in His love like a warm blanket through the coming days you spoke of! And beyond, too! God bless you and your whole family, always!

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