This can possibly be a tough concept to grasp, given the fact that our culture seems to be quite the opposite. In fact I feel like my mind is being assaulted with ads saying that I “need” this or I “need” that. When I take a good hard look at how blessed I am, I need to indeed find contentment.
I recently had this discussion with my 14-year-old son. He had a perfectly functional computer, but found one on eBay just a bit better. The only real difference was that the other one “looked better”. I really tried to explain contentment with what he has. I couldn’t make the case, so we’ve gone through with the sale of his and about to receive the “nicer looking” one in the next few days. Contentment can be an illusive concept even for the parents. Paul speaks to this subject quite openly and bluntly. Check this out…10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:10-14 NIV)
One of the reasons this goes “against my grain” is that ever since I became a REALTOR, I’ve been trying to build my business. I want to continue to grow my customer and client base. If I get content in my business, my income will dwindle away. I also need to be content with technology. I converted to the Mac world about 3 years ago and this was one of the best business decisions I’ve made. I’ve had very little tech issues and when I added the iPhone and the iPad to my arsenal, I am really very well connected with technology. I’m learning to balance contentment with growing my business. I’m learning that contentment is really more a state of balance and simple trust in the Lord. I have to really decide between want and need – desire and necessity. I think Paul is speaking to the mindset of “always wanting more than I have”.
Christmas and birthday’s is a perfect time to practice contentment. I was reminded of this when several friends got together and instead of exchanging goofy gifts, we gave our money toward a Micro Loan via www.kiva.com. I’m content with what I have, so how can I make someone else’s life better. There is serious joy in giving! I can do this with the Lord’s help.Pressing On! Dwayne