The Secret to Contentment
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13
It’s often difficult to find contentment in a world that forces us to compare ourselves to each other. Social media is filled with pretty, problem-free, filtered corners of others’ lives. What often happens when we compare our lives to these pixelated representations of others’ lives? Discontentment. And yet, God’s Word instructs us to be content in all circumstances. The source of this contentment is not based on our ever-changing circumstances at all, nor is it based on building ourselves up by comparing our lives to those who have less. Rather, it flows out of a heart that trusts in Christ, who has given us all things!
When we realize everything is a gift, our hearts no longer stir with jealousy, the thief of joy. True contentment is not found by looking to those who have less and saying, “Well, life could be worse. At least I have more than that guy…” No, true contentment is found when we realize everything we have is from the gracious hand of God...even our existence was not owed to us. We deserve nothing.
Sister, when you look at the many blessings in your life as unearned graces from God, the result will be a heart overflowing in thankfulness. Your enjoyment of each material blessing should roll up into praise to the God who graciously showers you with these good things. All of God’s blessings are meant to point you to Christ, in whom we already have all things! And when this happens, like Paul, you can say, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).
Father, I am often ungrateful when I compare my life to others’ lives. In an effort to build myself up, I compare my life with those who have less. Please forgive me for this pride-filled heart of mine. Help me to instead look to Christ and realize everything I have is undeserved. May my heart overflow with thankfulness in all circumstances because I already have all I need. Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, where true contentment is found as I count everything else as loss…Amen.
Memorize Psalm 23:1.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.