“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6
What would it take for you to be content? A new house? A new job? A new car? What about a new life? The truth is contentment doesn’t come from things. It is not something that you attain in the natural world that makes you feel satisfied. Contentment is a spiritual posture. Real contentment is when you are fulfilling your purpose, knowing that you are accomplishing what you were created to do. The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in regard of need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” It is clear from this passage that Paul found contentment in what he was doing not in what he was getting. We know that his life was not about acquiring stuff or being comfortable. He was totally committed to the “call” on his life. So, he learned that no matter where he was that God would supply his needs and get him where he needed to be. He found that contentment was totally trusting in God and depending on him for everything down to the next breath he took. He learned that giving himself away was where to find peace and contentment. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
For me, my thoughts of contentment are being alone and having quiet time with no interruption from the outside world, or spending time with my family and those closest to me. However, when I really feel the most satisfaction in life is when I am reaching out to others. Although it is often outside of my “comfort zone”, afterward I take great joy in knowing I was able to help someone else less fortunate or stood with someone as they were going through one of life’s struggles. I discovered that the “me time” desire is a selfish one and only increases my desire for more “me time”. Then when others come along, I often get irritated because I just want my alone time. As a result, I am never truly satisfied in that I tend to withdraw and become most interested in making myself comfortable instead of helping those who really have needs. I’m not saying there is never a time to withdraw and recharge. It is important to take care of yourself too. It is more about balance. “Me time” should not be the majority of time and “me time” should not be what I am always dreaming about.
Today I want to encourage you to get outside of your comfort zone and reach out to others who may be hurting or struggling in life. If you don’t know of anyone in that position, then just reach out by giving someone a word of encouragement. If you don’t know who to reach out to, ask God to bring someone across your path today that you can help and encourage. You will feel real joy and contentment that only comes by touching other lives. That kind of contentment counts for all eternity.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 6:1-8