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Practice Contentment – Can that be done?

Practice Contentment

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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9 Responses to Practice Contentment – Can that be done?

  • excellent advise Virginia – as with many thing in the spiritual life, what works is the opposite of what the world does and thinks – it’s counterintuitive when you use human reasoning. I have practiced living with just the basics (and even gone further – holes in soles of my shoes, one bowl to eat from, one cup, no worldly entertainment, no TV, radio, or music, never eat in restaurants, and I give away all my extra social security money every month as soon as I get what I need for the month – so I live with no money for 29 day each month) for about 13 years now and I have been very content – my email address comes from living opposite the way the world does – ha ha ha

  • believe me when I tell you it wasn’t my idea – ha ha

  • Contentment is a state of mind. Faith in God and His Word, hope for future are necessary to avoid worries. Absence of worries and absence of undeserving aspirations will build up “contentment”. Prayer also gives immense strength.

  • Love the tie of contentment to charity! Being content with God as all that we ever truly need..then it is so much easier to be charitable. 🙂

    • So true! Elizabeth: Let’s give a plug for your new radio show, An Engaging Faith, which people can listen to on the Internet every afternoon at 4 p.m. EDT at http://www.realliferadio.com. For all my followers, Elizabeth Reardon has her Masters in Theology from Loyola University: Chicago, and has a fantastic blog called Theology is a Verb. She’s also a very “engaging” person to listen to on the radio. Check her out!

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