We were treated to a powerful message during our September 27th meeting by Betsy Bryant who spoke on Contentment. Traditionally when we think of contentment and attempt to pinpoint our own percentage of it, thoughts of expectations and wants are among the ranking factors. Often the formula becomes: Contentment = I have the "things" I want + my life is "going" the way I hoped. That poor ideology spoils the blessings we already have by desiring what we have not.
Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. -- Lao Tzu
For a full recap on this message, visit Betsy's blog His Stirrings. Included below are her four main points in seeking contentment.
- Contentment is learned through seasons of discontent - If you’re in one of those seasons, hooray! You are just in the place to learn some great stuff from God.
- Contentment is something that comes from security not circumstances - True security is directly correlated to our relationship with Jesus. How do we become secure in him? Go to Him. Trust the truth in Him. Trust His goodness. Hebrews 13:5-6
- Contentment is under attack. It's main assaults are comparison, bitterness, and isolation - Train yourself to talk to Him first in everything. Immerse yourself in the word. Ask God to rip it all out at the root and replace it with something good and pleasing to Him.
- Contentment is worth the work - But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
On a scale of 1 - 10, where are you? Ask Him to remove assaults and to provide security.