What is your secret to being content?
Do you feel like you are in a fog when it comes to being content? It doesn’t take much for me to drift into being discontent with my circumstances or to worry about the future, even though I know there is so much to be thankful for. I have to be intentional to nurture remembrance and gratitude.
When I was composing and recording Contentment my heart’s desire was to slow down my mind from thinking anxious thoughts, and to focus on the things in life that are pure and lovely: “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
Below are my “secrets” to moving from discontentment toward contentment…
Think about what you don’t have Give thanks for what you do have
Dwell on goals you have not achieved Take one positive step toward progress
Worry about outcomes you can’t control Surrender outcomes and serve others well
Be upset by what hasn’t gone your way Remember when things turned out okay
Let fear and uncertainty cause inertia Let faith and adventure move you forward
Compare where you have less Count your priceless blessings
How can you move toward contentment today?
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” — 1 Timothy 6:6-8
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” — Philippians 4:11