Practice contentment? Can that really be done? Yes! To effectively practice contentment, first take stock of what you find to be most important. Is it your home, your car, your job, etc.; those tangible things of this world? Or is it love of family and friends, good health, a strong faith, and hope in Christ; the intangible things of this life? Do you count your blessings frequently? If not, then start doing so.
Second, consider looking for the excess in your life, and where feasible, give those excess goods away to someone or some organization in need; your burden will be light. When you give you will find that you get more back in return – you become content.
Third, and this is the most important way, choose to trust in the Lord, believing in His promise to provide all that you need for this life (I suggest reading Matthew 6:25-34). It has done wonders for me in learning how to practice contentment.
Here is a wonderful little video by Rachel Solomon from Gray Hair Talking that provides some great examples on how we might practice contentment:
Note how she speaks of the intangibles that bring us contentment, where contentment comes “from having more life in the things you own.” Seek contentment with the help of the Holy Spirit. Ask and it shall be given to you! Now get busy and clean out some of your closets; find those things you don’t make enough use of and give your gifts away. Lighten your load, and be content knowing that you helped someone else in need.
Now that we have completed our discussions on Confidence and Contentment, the two virtues under the auspices of the theological virtue of Hope, we move next to discuss those acquired virtues under the auspices of the theological virtue of Charity. In our next reflection, we will begin with Respect. Don’t miss it!
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