Contentment is defined as a state of happiness and satisfaction.

At what point in life does one reach a constant state of contentment? Is it even possible? What is required? Is it a choice? Is it dependent or associated with something specific? Is it physical, emotional, spiritual, social, geographical? Is it dependent on the weather? The last question might seem a bit ridiculous but it’s valid.

What brings “true contentment?”

I believe contentment changes as do the seasons.

Our youngest son started his first year of college. He also obtained his first loan. We had lunch with him this week and he said “All I want is to be successful.” I asked him what that meant. He said, “A good paying job.” Both of his responses are dependent on other factors which are out of his control. So, is contentment out of our control?

My thoughts are in a world that always offers us the latest and greatest in anything and everything, we struggle to remain steady.

Steady is defined as firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.

This world will disappoint. It will offer you things that can be taken away over night. How then does one experience contentment when everything in this world has to offer is temporary? For example, a new home, a big screen TV, winning the lottery, or a nice car. Everything ages, wears out, and the blissful feeling quickly passes away.

I feel most content when I’m thankful. I think of everything I’ve been given. My family, food without ration, a stable home, good friends, and more than I could ever ask for. I think of vacations taken and memories made. I reflect on a strong man who has stood by my side for over 25 years. I have become more aware as I get older that less and less “stuff” makes me happy. Of course my greatest contentment comes from my faith and assurance that I have been promised everlasting life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Where do you find your contentment?

Thoughts for today…

1) Contentment and gratitude go hand in hand.

2) Keeping life simple promotes steadiness.

3) Everyday choose JOY!

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