Contentment is a constant struggle. Have you ever heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Well, it is not always greener.
Virtue: Contentment – Choosing to be happy with what you’ve got.
Scripture Verse: I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. Philippians 4:11b (NIrV)
Bottom Line: When you want what you should not have it can lead to trouble. – Upward Sports
Contentment is a constant struggle. Have you ever heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
That line has been plaguing mankind since day one.
The problem with that statement is that when you are on the other side, the grass is not greener and almost inevitably it leads to trouble.
Have you heard of the story of King David in 2 Samuel 11? In short, King David saw a woman who was not his wife. He then had an affair with her and got her pregnant. She happened to be married to one of David’s warriors. In order to cover up his sin, David strategically had him killed in battle.
Wow, all because he wanted/lusted after someone who was not his wife.
When we constantly want what we do not have, we will never be satisfied. It is always, I want this, and his looks better, so I want that.
When it came to Paul he went through a lot. Often he went hungry, had no place to sleep and did not have much money. He was a traveling missionary. When he could, he made tents to make a living, the rest of his finances were gifts from other believers. He was put into prison and beat within an inch of his life.
With all the trials that Paul went through he still learned to be content.
One way to learn to be content is making a list of things in our life that we can be thankful for: spouses, kids, jobs, houses, salvation etc.
As we look at what God has given to us, we learn to be thankful and be content with what we have.
Learn to be content with what you have and you will not drift into trouble.
Treasure your spouse, love on your kids, and be grateful for all God has given to you.