When I think of contentment, I realize that God has provided everything I need, and quite a bit more.
Contentment reminds me of the song “Let it go.” To be content really means to let it go. To unclasp our hands from our possessions and realize that whatever we have is ultimately a gift.
Paul says to Timothy that “we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out, therefore having food and clothing, let us be content.”
He said “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
The mindset of contentment is expressed in Philippians, when Paul writes that he has learned the secret of being content whatever his circumstances, well fed or hungry, plenty or in need—”I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Contentment is realizing that even if we have nothing, we possess everything in Christ. “Having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
Contentment is realizing that we can be free from the love of money and content with what we have because Christ said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Contentment is realizing that even though I might not be rich according to western standards of wealth, in comparison to the rest of the world I am wealthy.
Contentment frees me to give to others, because I am secure in God’s provision for me.
Contentment allows me to step off the treadmill of consumerism and rest in God’s will for me.
If I am content, then when a financial blessing comes into my life, I don’t feel the need to spend it on myself, to buy something bigger and better.
Contentment leads to thanksgiving because I realize that God has blessed me beyond imagination.
Contentment takes my eyes off of myself and puts them squarely on God and others.
Contentment is rest and peace.