Content, With Practice

Happy Monday to you!!!

 

Philippians 4:11 "…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."


Or, as the pin on my Pinterest board says,

Always

 

I know that – on certain mornings – it is hard to feel content, especially when I am sick.  I asked my friend "Why is it that I can handle off-the-scale pain in my back, and never lose my sweet spirit; but give me a cold and I am a grouchy mess???"

Sometimes, I'm so immature that I annoy myself!

I'm so glad for the verse above.  It reminds me that contentment is a learned response.  It is not a virtue or even a fruit of the spirit.  It is something that is produced as we practice it.  My old choir leader used to remind us,

"Practice makes permanent…not perfect." 

We can practice something over and over in the wrong way, which then becomes fixed in our mind.

The trick is to practice contentment – in the right way!  These verses are good reminders of how to do that:

 

Hebrews 13:5 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor
forsake thee."


Part of our deep-seated contentment comes from the promise that our Heavenly Father is always with us.

 

I Timothy 6:6-7 "But godliness with contentment is great gain.
 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."


The other truth that will help us learn contentment is that we have nothing on our own – everything is from our Heavenly Father.

Focus on these two truth today.  They will help your contentment grow.  As you become content, you find more things for which to be thankful…and a lovely spiral effect of contentment and gratitude will swirl through your heart and life.

Then, even on a Monday, you will yourself content and grateful…and ready for whatever the week may bring!

Wishing you a day of profitable practicing,

Alesha