Am I content? That is a great question. The answer is a bit elusive at times. I like to think that I am content. My life is really good. I could even say I have an amazing life. I have an awesome wife, wonderful children and extraordinary grandchildren. I live in a great town that is a suburb of Nashville, TN and I love what I do for a living. I have no needs which makes me a bit of a challenge to buy gifts for. I really have a perfect life. Don’t misunderstand there are struggles, bad days, sickness, pain, loss and anxiety. But I truly live a content filled life.
When I travel to other countries, especially second or third world countries I am amazed at how content people are that have nothing. The first thing I think is man I could do that! But in reality I like my stuff and even though I am content I actually do like upgrading the things I have. This does not make me or anyone else a bad or good person. It is just an observation. When I look at people that dos so much with so little. I wonder why I need so much? If I am being honest there are those times when I see someone with something really nice< I think I would like to have that. Would it improve my life? Maybe a little, but in reality it would really boost my image or how people perceive me. Now if I truly were content I wouldn’t worry about what people think about me or how they perceive me. There in lies my dilemma. How do I separate contentment from my stuff? I mean all my stuff…cars, clothes, house, job, title, money, friends, etc. The things that can cause me anxiety and pull me away from being content. Please understand it is not their fault I am being pulled away. The struggle lies within me to be comfortable with who I am and what I have or do nor have.
Contentment leads to peace. There are times when I have great peace. Then there are times that I am stress filled, anxious and in fear. The Apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians, be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. How I wrestle with remaining in peace trying to accept that I am complete in Jesus. And that all the things, accolades, awards and titles really mean nothing.
True contentment lies in trust, obedience and action. Trust God that He has equipped and called you for such time as this. Your unique gifts and talents were given for you to impact, encourage and empower those around you. Be obedient to that which you are called and gifted to do. Let the passion that comes with your talent flow to strengthen those in need. This will break forth into action and follow through. Gifts, talents and ideas are great, but they amount to nothing without action. When you finally take action and see the impact you will then fall into that place of contentment. This is who I am and what I am meant to do and be. Trying to be or wanting to be someone else will never lead to peace or being content. Please do not settle for lesser things. Be bold and press forward to being content.