Why are so many people not content? Unhappiness, anger, depression, and hopelessness seems to be much more prevalent than contentment. Contentment is a state of peaceful happiness. Few have it. There are so many things that take peace and happiness away from us. Most of these things are external or circumstantial, but some are rooted in attitude and world view.
- Materialism steals contentment.
- Sin Steals contentment.
- Conflict resulting in bitterness and unforgiveness steals contentment
- Neglected our spirit, and inner health steals contentment
- bad eating habits, sleep habits, steals contentment.
- Negative, complaining, and overall views of pessimism will steal peace for sure.
- too much netflix and TV can steal contentment.
We get unhappy at our circumstances. Maybe life has not turned out the way you had thought, or someone is making rotten decisions in their life that is affecting yours? Contentment can be evasive in a world of conflict, a life of hectiness, and a heart divided.
Many are discontent as the media continues to bombard us with ads telling us and reminding us we do not have the coolest and newest things, and we fall prey to feeling that we are not significant because we don’t own the new whatever and discontentment grips our heart.
True contentment, inner peace and happiness, comes when we our faith and hope is not in the external things, and circumstances we cannot control, but in an all-loving and unchanging God. He purchased a chance for us to experience His life and peace, through the life, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ. A life with Christ, is a life of contentment.
In a life full of people and circumstances we cannot control, we need contentment. In a life of stress, busyness, raising kids, paying bills, driving here and there, we need contentment. With hearts that have been wounded, pasts that haunt us, consequences from past mistakes, remind us, we do need inner peace, happiness, and a sense that there is more to life than all of this. We need contentment. We need faith to know, that no matter what, we are part of the plan God has for our lives. We need the peace and contentment from resting the hands and love of our Father in Heaven. Choose Christ’s presence, power, and peace in your life, and stop allow unhappiness to rule your heart and mind. With God’s help that is truly possible.
May I leave you with some ancient words from the 1 century found in the Scriptures.
“But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” (1 Timothy 6.6)
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (1 Ti 6:6). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.