As 2021 rolled to an end, I asked the Lord if He had a word for me to focus on this year. I smiled when I heard contentment.
Contentment defies the predictions of a long dark winter of shortages, inflation, and Covid. But, according to the Bible, contentment has never depended on our circumstances.
If contentment doesn’t come from circumstances, where do we find it?
When I think of contentment I think of my neighbor in California. Mrs. Meyers lost both legs and had to be moved into a nursing home. She left a house full of possessions and took only what could fit into a small room.
Instead of counting her losses, Mrs. Meyers found new riches in giving to others. Every day, after lunching with fellow residents, Mrs. Meyers maneuvered her wheelchair into the room of the only woman older than her. Mrs. Meyers played hymns on her harmonica for this woman too weak to join the rest for lunch.
Mrs. Meyers didn’t live in denial. She modeled contentment. Rather than indulge in pity parties, she invested in others’ happiness. Mrs. Meyers taught and directed the staff to perform plays for the whole nursing home. On her 100th birthday, she recited the Gettysburg address. Despite her many losses, she always greeted her guests with a cheerful smile and engaging conversation.
Contentment and a Winsome Spirit
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In contrast, the book of Acts shows the disciples continually filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. And they were continually persecuted and thrown in jail. The result. Many believed and were added to the church.
Paul, one of those filled with joy despite being beaten and illegally imprisoned wrote,
But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6 NIV).
The fruit of the Spirit includes joy. The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd. I am never in need” (Ps. 23:1 GW).
May we set our minds on the One who satisfies our souls and enjoy godliness with contentment. Not only will we enjoy life, but we may also make people thirsty to know our Jesus.
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