When Discontentment is a Good Thing

One of the most elusive things, it seems, we pursue in life is contentment.  Even when we pursue it, we really wonder what it is.

For a lot of people contentment is not wanting anything, being satisfied with mediocre, and really just another word for being lazy.  But is that really what contentment is?

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled (or contented).”  Contentment isn’t the lack of desire.  It’s putting the proper desire at the core of your life.

The way to contentment is not through the lack of passion and ambition, but having the right core.  The Scriptures teach us that our lives reflect what we worship.  In other words whatever is at the core is what will give us contentment, or not.  To worship your job means discontentment.  To worship a football coach is discontentment.  To worship a thing, to worship power, all lead to discontentment.  But to worship God your Creator, and Jesus your Redeemer, leads to the kind of contentment that truly satisfies.

I talked about the four steps to contentment in this talk.  You might be surprised to know the first three are “must stops” and the last one is a “must start.”  Let me know what you think and how you think this all fits together in a life lived with contentment.

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