As a child, when my parents or teachers at school made efforts to instill discipline in me, I thought they were just being difficult for no reason. Only later when I grew up did I understand that being disciplined is actually a very good thing. There are virtues in life which may at first seem difficult or unnecessary to acquire and put into practice but they bring great reward when applied. One of them is contentment.
Contentment is treasure. It is happiness that is not dependent on what we have or don’t have. Apostle Paul in the Bible was one person who understood this and lived a life of contentment. His words in Philippians 4:11-13 are a great inspiration to us today: “I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. Christ gives me the strength to face anything.”
In my own life, these words have helped me to remain at peace regardless of circumstances, be grateful for what I have and make the most of it. I trust they will inspire you too to do the same.
Contentment can be quite hard when you are faced with countless challenges around you. God encourages us to be content and put our trust in him. If you don’t feel any contentment this morning and have never felt the peace that comes with knowing Jesus personally, connect with us below and we will reach out to you.