By being more content in Jesus, we can have a clearer mind to look for solutions, study our Bibles and experience quiet time with prayer.
We are blessed in our area to have the seven-day-a-week feeding programs and food banks. We have access to services that do require the ability to stay focused, follow the requirements and follow through with the programs. Drugs, alcohol, overeatering and other issues have free support groups and meetings locally. These should add to our contentment with our current circumstances and open doors for help and assistance as well.
Contentment is not just for when we have money, a nice car and a fancy roof over our heads but we need to contemplate the many countries with a population that has none of these things but visit their churches and feel the praise and the music and the love. They are content because they have a church building, benches or chairs, and they are focused on spreading the gospel message throughout their country.
This is why these ideas are still meaningful today. Less stress and mental problems are a clear benefit for us. The apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians writes: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (ESV)
Satisfaction and contentment are not just abstract ideas but are a way of life that is based on our belief in Jesus and the peace which he brings to our hearts in every situation. May we ask for and find this peace and contentment in our lives through faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
The Rev. Jim Hanson
in an independently ordained minister.