The Secret to Contentment from Willow Creek

by CaReese

Lately, I seem to be reflecting more. Right now, I am reflecting on contentment (among other things). Wouldn’t you know it, I got an email from Willow Creek with a link to the most recent message. The subject? Contentment.

The text was Philippians 4:11-13.  I gleaned some great points, and I’d like to share them with you:

Contentment Is Learned

  • Note that our culture thrives on making us discontent
  • Discontentment is the default setting for our culture, even though we are the wealthiest generation in history
  • Too often, we defer happiness. We’d be happy “if only…”

Contentment is independent of circumstance

  • Paul gives examples in verse 12

God doesn’t want us to be unhappy until (we obtain/achieve/become whatever). He wants us to be content now. Christ will give us the strength to do so (Phil 4:13).

The secret to contentment is choosing to depend on Christ. Depending on Christ means finding a way to rejoice. It is a choice we make.

Contentment is not a passive acceptance of the way things are. It is an active pursuit of the goal to know Christ and make him known.

I think that last point is so profound. Contentment is not about passive acceptance, it’s about knowing Christ. When I am so caught up in discontentment, I am not thinking about the goal of knowing Christ, let alone making him known. Contentment is bigger that simply not wanting a boat. It is about knowing Christ, and making him known.

That needs to become my mantra and my life’s goal: to know Christ and to make him known. In a nutshell, this is why I pursue minimalism: to know Christ more than I know the products at the Body Shop. And Macy’s. And even Sephora. Because when I’m stalking beauty products at Sephora, I am not concerned about knowing Christ. And that needs to be the goal.

So I will reflect on these points, and how I can know Christ and make him known. I hope these points are helpful for you, too. If you’d like to view the message, click here

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