What is your contentment level? A group of us have been meeting after worship on Sundays at our church and yesterday was a great lesson. Somewhere in the conversation, Paula Polfliet (one of the leaders), mentioned that we need to “bring contentment into our home.” I had never heard it phrased quite like that before. I began thinking about all the things we do bring into our homes. We bring furniture, food, clothes, nick-knacks, the morning paper, the afternoon mail, exercise equipment, entertainment, media, and thousands of other big and little things.
But how can we tangibly bring “contentment” into our home? I know that I need to. I know that my beautiful wife and daughters will have better lives if I do. I know that it will create in me a better sense of health and wellness – emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally.
So I have to ask myself – where does my contentment come from? How can I bring it into my home each day? I think I need to rejoice always – in every circumstance. I have to make it a habit. I also need to intentionally live in gratitude for all that God has blessed me with. This week is a good week to start.
There is a verse in Philippians that says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:11-13).
My “content-ometer” is full today and I am planning to keep it that way.