We live in a world full of advertisements. Enticing us to buy this, or you know you need that! There is so much influence around us teaching us to be discontent with our house, our car, our marriage, our life. People turn to drugs, gambling, shopping, etc to bury their fears. To try and find contentment.
I think it is human nature to be discontent with what we have. We are so excited when we get a raise, but soon we lose that excitement and are wishing for more money. “If only I was making a dollar more an hour.” When we get it, we wish for just a little bit more. Then its on to: “If only I had a new car…then I would be happy.” After awhile that new car isn’t so new and we begin thinking if only “I had that new couch…then I would be happy.” It seems to be a never ending battle. It isn’t even just material possessions. It can also be a time period of your life. “If only I was done with this stage of motherhood….If only I worked there instead of here…” It is a constant battle. I think it is also human nature to want to be content. We are constantly striving to be content. We try to fill that void by buying more stuff. By running our emotions to the ground by worrying about what tomorrow will bring. We try to fix our problems with more problems.
I raise my hand first. I am guilty of harboring this seed of discontentment. Instead of getting down to the nitty gritty and pulling the weeds of discontentment, it seems easier to just throw a little dirt over them. It may hurt to pull those weeds. Some weeds are thorny, some are so rooted it takes Hercules to pull them out. Yes, it is so much easier to just to bury them in dirt. Out of sight out of mind right? Well the thing about weeds is they just don’t die. They are still there, they will come back. And unless you spend time caring for your little garden and pulling out those pesky weeds, they will choke out the good plants.
The number one thing to remember about contentment, is more is never enough. By focusing on what we want we will overlook what we already have. We will forget how blessed we truly are and miss out on the small miracles and beauties of life. Those bring so much more joy to us than getting the latest and greatest smart phone.
A few scriptures to ponder:
Ecclesiastes 5:10- “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”
Luke 12:15-“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
Homework for the Heart:
Read Ecclesiastes 2
Did Solomon get everything he wanted? Did it satisfy him?
Read Ecclesiastes 12:13
What is Solomon’s conclusion on being truly happy and content?