How can we find contentment when the noise and voices are screaming so loud!? Carrie Kittinger takes us through tips she has used to rediscover the value of silence to re-center and re-settle herself in order to gain contentment.
Being content is a learned thing.
Jesus is our contentment and our satisfaction.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 NIV
“Until we see Jesus face to face, learning contentment is going to be an ongoing thing. Knowing our contentment and our satisfaction can only be found in Him alone.”
God provides what we need at the moment we need it.
It's ok to have a need but we need to learn to be content in those times.
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Philippians 4:10-11 NIV
As believers, we may not want to talk about our needs; It’s not ungodly to have a need.
Contentment is not complacency (satisfaction with oneself).
When we have a lot, the focus may turn on ourselves i.e., look what I have done, look at my accomplishments
The focus needs to be on the Lord - You can do everything through Christ who gives you strength.
“We need God's mercy in the times of plenty and in the times of want. That contentment needs to be fresh each day because we can think that when we arrive at a certain point in our life then we’ll be content, or when we arrive here then we’ll be happy. But really we need to say as we are looking to the Lord today that we can find joy and contentment in Him in your day.”
Instead of looking forward to what could satisfy you, look at where you are now and be content where the Lord has you.
You may need to re-center and not focus on your self and refocus on the Lord to be content where you are right now and not on yourself.
“Getting quiet can help us re-center and resettle. Ask: Lord, where are you in this moment? What can I be grateful for? What can my focus be on?’”