Contentment = Thankfulness
I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. – Phil. 4:11-12 (CEB)
Thanksgiving. It’s more than a holiday that rolls around once a year. It’s an attitude, an outlook, and a frame of mind that says no matter what comes your way, you will be content. The funny thing is, the more people have, the less contented they seem to be. Years ago, a Christian magazine sent a reporter to a village in Africa. Most people there were so poor their biggest challenge in the morning was finding enough food to make it to the evening. Yet they were optimistic, cheerful and outgoing.
Why is it so hard to be content? Because you take your eyes off the main things in life. It’s not how much you own that matters, but how much you give away. Not how much glory, power and fame you enjoy, but how much you help others. Not how many homes, cars or clothing you have, but how many people you help to find a home, a car, or a decent set of clothes.
Why not stop right now and express your thanks for all that you have? And while you’re at it, think of who you can help who has far less than you do. It’s a sure way to start finding more contentment in your life.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- What are three attitudes towards money that you can identify in this passage? How would you describe your own outlook on worldly possessions? Is that making you contented or unhappy?