Ever wondered what true contentment is? Many of us are raised in environments that lead us to believe that large homes, new cars, high paying salaries, and diverse investment portfolios provide the firm foundation of what we believe will make us happy. Young boys are led to believe, from an early age, a beautiful woman perfectly wrapped in the latest fashion, and by our sides, is the secret to contentment and success. And for young ladies, that a charming, and hunky bronzed toned man with a rippled and defined abdomen is the essential cornerstone to contentment. Still others may only find it in a prayerful escape from an abusive environment.
Global View And Contentment
If you seek understanding on a global scale, the answers differ. Contentment comes in the form of clean water, healing from disease, burying hunger once and for all. I had the rare opportunity to spend a crisp fall Saturday with my wife at a bi-annual Street Fair in a little village about an hour away from us. As we spent the day together in a festival atmosphere, I found myself gently knocking on the door of contentment. We were brushing shoulders most of the day with thousands of people, from entirely different backgrounds. From corporate CEOs, that were enjoying their day off with family, to modern young hippies. Really I am serious, several dudes were walking about with their dreadlocks sprouting proudly. They were barefoot and ready to get in touch with nature at every step.
Each one of these people have in their mind’s eye their definition of happiness an fulfillment. That in and of itself is fascinating really. I have found myself seeking to eliminate some unnecessary stresses from my life over the last several months. I have begun to believe we all are one thought away from contentment. My wife reminds me that contentment is a mindset. While it makes sense, its hard to acknowledge it as a truth because that would make her right and I hate when she is right.
“…Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am…” Phillipians 4:10-14 MSG
I think we should all play a game daily, and find contentment in as few steps as possible.