Do you struggle with contentment? See your world in a new light with our guided life lesson.
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Phil 4:11b)
I wanted hair like Farah Fawcett. When I was in the 8th grade I had long hair down to my waist. I knew my hair was wavy and a bit frizzy at times but I didn’t know it was curly. And then, Farah Fawcett arrived on the scene in Charlie’s Angels and I just had to have my hair cut like hers! I immediately began to picture myself with those feathered wings and knew they were going to make me beautiful. Unfortunately, curly hair doesn’t do well when feathered. I cried and cried. I hated my hair!
Why am I never satisfied with what God has given me?
It seems that we are never satisfied. If we have curly hair we want straight hair and if we have straight hair we dream of having curly hair. If the weather is cold, we want it hot and if it’s too hot we want it cooler. We think a computer will make our life easier and then we complain because it’s too slow. The list goes on and on . . .
Paul says in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned to be content with whatever I have.” What does it mean to be content? How am I to be content when so many things are going wrong?
In chapter 3 of this book he explains how he is able to be content wherever he is, whether he has a lot or a little. Listen to what he says, “I once thought these things were valuable (he’s speaking about his credentials as a Jew) but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.”
When we begin to understand Christ’s true sacrifice for us on the cross and what He did so that we could know Him, all of the things that seem so important fade away to nothing in the light of His great love! That’s how we live in contentment.
How silly it has been for me to focus so much time and attention on my hair when I have the privilege of knowing the one who created me and has counted all those hairs on my head!
Lord, draw my heart to You. Help me to set aside those things that are unimportant in the light of the incredible cost you paid and teach me live in contentment. Amen.
Question: How does a lack of contentment affect your day? How does it affect your spiritual health?