Contentment does not come from having what you want, but from
realizing how much you already have. When we are satisfied with
what we have, we are content. This is true wealth.
• contentment does not come from riches
• it can never be found in material possessions
• it does not come when things get better
• contentment is not complacency: it is not resigning yourself to your situation
• it does not change when your circumstances change
• contentment is intrinsic, not extrinsic. It is an attitude, a frame of mind, that does not depend on external circumstances
• it is feeling secure and at peace
• it is satisfaction and acceptance of our circumstances
• it is a daily decision of gratitude and trust
• it is counting even the little things as blessings
• it is keeping your joy
• contentment is learned
As you can see, money and contentment do not go hand-in-hand. Paul mentions this in his letter to the Philippians: “…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Phil 4:11-12 (NASB)
Stop and think about how much you already have to be grateful for.
#1 There are things much more important than money: character, integrity, a good reputation, good relationships, wisdom, etc.
#2 There are things money cannot buy: true friends, peace, and salvation.
#3 There is something you must avoid: Financial Bondage
#4 We must answer the question What Is Success? in order to be content. First and foremost, success is a lack of bondage (see above). Second, success is having the ability to be involved in the things that really matter the most in life.
But ultimately, the secret to contentment is a balanced life
in Jesus Christ. Contentment is one of the fruits of a deeper walk
with our Lord, and not an end in itself. This is true because when
we apply Biblical principles, life goes better.