The Great Gain of Contentment

Contentment: Who ever heard of that? Contentment… In this world? With my needs? How could anyone even hope to find contentment in a situation like mine?

How sad is that kind of attitude? Here we are, living in one of the most accommodating places in the world, and in perhaps the most comfortable time in the history of our nation, only to find that contentment is probably at an all time low in American society.

Perhaps the real problem is that we don’t realize how good we’ve got it! Maslow’s hierarchy of needs reports that once a person has the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, he or she then begins moving up to acquiring other rudimentary, but less vital, resources. The list culminates with desire for personal significance and meaning to life.

What that demonstrates is that as a person is able to gain the more palpable and essential things for survival, the more that person turns to the search for that which is more cerebral and intellectually stimulating. This explains why modern Americans are becoming obsessed with personal amusements ranging from things like sports, gambling and video games all the way to pornography, drugs and other mind-altering stimulations.

The problem is that somewhere in between all those is the state of contentment. Simple satisfaction with those things you already possess is the greatest antidote to the stress-filled, exhaustion based  cravings that seem to allude us, while always remaining somewhere just outside of our grasp!

It is driven by all forms of media. Movies, television and video games depict endless accounts of lives full of excitement and purpose that no one in the real world can ever attain. News reports tell us of things for which we must be incensed! Commercials and advertising are always telling us about things we desperately need that we didn’t even know were so essential to life. Even the world-wide ministries with ever smiling mega-pastors promote books and merchandise we need to inform us about how to have our best lives now!

In short, our world is still suffering from what I like to call AES (Adam and Eve Syndrome). We are just like our first forebears! They had it all! They were living in a perfect world, but it still wasn’t enough for them. They just had to reach out, in hopes of grasping something more!

Fortunately for those who read God’s Word, contentment is possible. It originates with something called, “gratitude.”  It is cultivated by the realization that the world owes us nothing. God has already given us everything (Read Matthew 6:25-34). Listen to what 2 Peter 1:2-4 declares:

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Enjoy the best, instead of by-passing it for something more,

Brother Dan

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”                                                                                                                                   1 Timothy 6:6-8, NKJV