The Apostle Paul talks a lot contentment: "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with what you have: for He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you." – Hebrews 13:5
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. – 1Timothy 6:6-7
At the bottom of my email, I have it set to say this:"Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and pray to my God in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is seeming trouble." One of my favorite authors said that--Thomas Merton
It reminds me a lot of PROJECTIONS. Basically being swayed one way or another by what
someone has to say about you, whether positive or negative. Typically we will have an internal and sometimes external response if someone tells us we look good, or if we stink at something etc...
And this could do with material things such as:
your bank account
your pots and pans (a lot of people feel down about their crappy pots and pans :)
your lack of central air
not having a dog you would want
not being able to travel
And it could be non material things such as:
your success in life
your position at work
wanting children or more children
How about I leave a blank, and you fill it in _________________________________.
Together we can move forward toward learning to be more content. It is a process, a journey.
Even if we notice one thing a day, that's all, one thing. We all are a work in progress, it takes patience
to be refined.
All we need is a new perspective; which can seem like it's never gonna happen, but it does,
slowly but surely.
I think a big trap we get ourselves into is not living in the present.
By thinking of the future, and in some cases even the past, we will instantly be discontented.
If we focus on the present, that is our first breakthrough on being content.