How is your “contentment reader” reading today, teen girl? Is working on contentment in your spiritual walk at a snail’s pace or are you zooming toward the mark? Practicing contentment takes practice – and then after much practice, it should be a way of life.
Paul said that he “had learned” in whatever situation he was in, to be content. I would say that Paul had reached his mark in this area, wouldn’t you? Paul was not just content with part of his life but with all of his life. How does one learn to be content? You become discontent when you look at others. When you dwell on tour circumstances long enough, teen girl, you find that you are not content with what you have. Your friend has new clothes all the time but you don’t. She has a boyfriend and you don’t.
When you “look” at your own circumstances and dwell on them, James says that it will develop into lust and this lust will turn into sin.
~James 1:15a Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: So, your thought life is what you have to bring under control. Some people are naturally pessimistic – their cup is always half empty – their future seems to always to hold the worse possible scenario. The pessimistic Christian sees the worse things in life – this Christian needs a lot of work at controlling her thoughts. This Christian needs to spend some quality time meditating on what God has provided rather than what she does not have.
Paul had the remedy for negative and stinky thinking. ~Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. He controlled his thought life by thinking on good things. So should you, teen girl. The pessimistic Christian needs to remember that she has a home in eternity awaiting her; she had food to eat today; she woke up in a warm bed; she has a great family, just to name a few. Doing this will keep her focused and on track.
God gives you exactly what you need, when you need it. He only provides you with good things in our lives. ~James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. When you focus on the good things, which are of the Lord, you are walking in His Spirit. ~Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. In so doing, you are not so quick to be discontent, which is sin.
Paul taught about contentment in several churches. It must be a pretty important teaching if he taught it in Hebrews, 1 Timothy, Philippians and Galatians. If you don’t learn to control your desires to have whatever your eyes see, you will be an unhappy adult! You will never be able to control being in debt without contentment.
~1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
~1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
When you meditate on your salvation, teen girl, you won’t be so quick to notice what you are lacking in this life because you will see that yu have gained so much for all eternity!