Contentment is something we must learn. It isn’t a trait we’re born with.
But the question is how?
In 1 Timothy 6, we find a couple of very practical answers to that question:
A current perspective on eternity: “For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either” (v. 7).
A simple acceptance of essentials: “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content” (v. 8).
Both attitudes work beautifully . . . . But society’s plan of attack is to create dissatisfaction, to convince us that we must be in a constant pursuit for something “out there” that is sure to bring us happiness . . . . It says that contentment is impossible without striving for more.
God’s Word offers the exact opposite advice: Contentment is possible when we stop striving for more.
Contentment never comes from externals. Never!
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.