The following blog post was not written by me but was so good I had to re-post.
Regi Campbell, Nov 13, 2013 07:01 pm
A good friend is celebrating his 60th birthday this month. As his son raised a toast at his birthday party, he said something that peaked my interest. He said,
“My dad is the most content person I know”
I started processing those words and realized his dad is the most content person I know too! So I asked him for his ‘secret sauce’ and here it is.
1. A heart of gratitude – His default setting is gratitude. No matter what may be lacking or missing, his focus goes back to “thank you God” for all he’s been given.
2. A historical perspective – Doing the research and remembering where he came from, he knows the poverty of his ancestors…the hard work and sacrifice of his parents, his modest means growing up. The past reminds him how far he’s come and how blessed he is.
3. A choice not to chase – This is a big one. He’s decided not to chase riches or titles or relationships or popularity or fame or power. He’s opened the door to let God send whatever He wants, and he’s decided to be satisfied with it, whatever ‘it’ is. He’s called, not driven. He’s not lazy, complacent, or fatalistic. He’s motivated, challenged and engaged with people, their stories and their work. He’s ‘on purpose’. He works before an audience of One. And most importantly, he has faith to trust God with outcomes. All of them, large and small.
Money is such a big part of the deal for most of us, in part because we believe things we chase will come if we have it. But who among the super-rich do you truly admire? Whose life would you swap for? God reminds us, (in Hebrews 13:5) “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have”, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” My friend doesn’t have a lot of money but he has enough. His contentment comes from the last part of the verse…in God’s promise “Never will I leave you.”
When I think about the people I know, those who are the most content are the most grateful (Imagine that!). They have a good grasp of where they’ve come from. And they aren’t chasing anything. They’re pursuing God and His righteousness in their lives and families. They’ve figured out that “… godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
Solomon, the wisest man in history may have summed it up best…
“What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:22-25
Question: Are you content? What are you chasing? Is it worth it?