When you constantly want the next best thing, it will make you miserable. You will never be satisfied, and contentment can’t be found. Can you be content?
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 somewhat else has, it can make you miserable.
Lack Of Contentment Makes You Miserable
Have you ever wanted a bigger house? Wanted a promotion? Wanted a better job? Wanted a bigger paycheck? Wanted a bigger yard? Wanted a new sports car? Or wanted the next best thing?
I am sure that if you were to sit down and think through every time you achieved you then looked for the next step up.
We are constantly moving up the ladder to what we can have or conquer next.
King Solomon was the wisest man ever to live but ended up walking away from God later on in life.
In the book of Proverbs, Solomon describes his life as having anything and everything that money could buy and then some. After it all he said:
Ecclesiastes 1:14 “I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.”
Solomon saw that grass is greener side and he owned it. Yet at the end of the day he said it did not matter.
When we constantly desire what someone else has, it will destroy your life and make you miserable.
Watching television commercials really makes this struggle hard. Everything looks so good!
I am a big fan of smart phones. I love reading up on what is coming up next. I am an Android user and have an app on my phone called Phandroid.
I love having the newest and greatest but every year a better one is coming. I would drive myself crazy if I was constantly getting the next thing.
Being content with what we have is key to being happy!
Contentment is worthy to pursue.
A few thoughts:
1. Have a list in your mind or nearby that you can readily access with the things you are thankful for.
2. Ask God to keep you satisfied with Him.
3. When you struggle take a step back and think of what you do have.