Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. (1 Peter 3:8-9)
The challenges are both internal and external. Internally, I desire to live a contented life. Externally, I desire to respond with blessing, regardless.
There are unceasing attacks against contentment coming from all sides. Attacks come from advertisements, which I am quick to judge, but also comparisons I make, which I am a bit more hesitant to admit. Honestly, it could be the thoughts of comparison that are the most difficult to fight. Seeing another as ________ more than me is really unwarranted. I cannot be someone else nor can anyone be me. Understanding and accepting uniqueness is vital for contentment. And, the key is embracing the truth that my Lord is more than enough.
Living contentedly rests upon the truth that Christ is enough, always. Everything else floats between need/supply, lack/abundance, full/empty, have/have not… It is during times of need that I learn that Christ is enough. I suppose that is why the Lord allows needs in His children. It’s not so much learning how to go without, as much as it is learning that I always have all I need in Christ.
Living with contentment opens the door to living humbly. Do I have the attitude toward _________? Can I give up privilege and adopt a position of humility? Can I see in everything a chance to die to selfish desires?
Lord, You are truly more than enough. I joyfully accept your decisions and limitations knowing that all You do is defined with Your definition of “best”. Help me remember these lessons and live my life in the greatest bounty of Your joy and provision.