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Contentment on Black Friday

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Today is Black Friday. A day centered around “getting” and “wanting.” And,while there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of a good Amazon deal, today is an opportunity to look at our priorities. Today is a great day to take a look at and evaluate our level of contentment.

The Bible tells us to be content with anything. A lot of people think contentment means having have no ambition. But, the truth is, a lack of ambition is not contentment. Contentment is not apathy. Contentment is not complacency.

Here’s what contentment is: It’s enjoying what I have right now rather than waiting for something else to happen in order for me to be happy.  

It’s enjoying what I’ve got right now. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to progress. It doesn’t mean I don’t have goals. It means I’m not waiting around to get something in my life in order to be happy.  

My joy, my happiness is not based on stuff or even circumstances. Contentment means I’ve learned to enjoy whatever I’ve got right now and I’m not waiting for something or someone to make me happy.  

Phil.  4:11-12 “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.”

So we need to stop thinking that having more will make us more happy, having more will make me more important, having more will make me more secure.  Stuff can be here today and gone tomorrow. Jobs can be here today and gone tomorrow. People can even be here today and gone tomorrow.

So, these things can’t be the SOURCE of our joy and contentment. We have to put our security in something that can’t be taken from us... and that is our relationship to God.  

Application Questions:

  1. What is the source of your joy or contentment?

  2. Does the source need to shift in your life?