The Recipe of Contentment
This morning as I prepared to start my day, I thought upon the words of the Apostle Paul. “I’ve learned…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 (secret) for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, whatever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am” - Philippians 4:11-13 MSG.
After pondering over this passage several times, two questions came to mind: What has God blessed me with that I really don’t deserve, and how often do I praise Him for it?
As I began to summarize my answers, I couldn’t justify anything deserving and I realized that I was guilty of not being as grateful as I should be. I also found it to be amazing how often we covet, compare and complain, and how often we desire something more, something bigger, better and different.
As I continued, I paid careful attention to the word content. “Contentment is a state of satisfaction that is anchored to our confidence in God.”
Contentment didn’t come naturally for Paul, nor does it come naturally for us, rather it’s a learning process. In today’s passage, Paul reminds us of the importance of learning how to be satisfied in every situation that we face in life. He also teaches us to obtain that constant in our lives, which is Christ Jesus, as appose to seeking the things of the world.
It will take great effort on our part, but we all can learn contentment. The recipe of true contentment is only achieved by drawing nigh to our Lord each day. The more we fellowship with Him, the more we’ll turn away from the cares of the world, finding ourselves satisfied and complete.
My friend, without contentment there’s no Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is having a heart of gratitude that gives thanks no matter what.
In fact, “the recipe of contentment” is the best recipe that can be served at your dinner table this Thanksgiving. So help me bless the Lord by declaring His goodness.Thank You Dear Lord for your divine power and strength which gives us everything we need to live a life of contentment. AMEN!
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org