Philippians 4:11-12 – 11 I have LEARNED to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have LEARNED the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want (NIV).
Contentment is learned behavior, so I want to share 3 steps needed in order to learn it. First of all, count your blessings instead of coveting someone else’s. You have plenty to be thankful for, and God is deserving of your praise regardless of how you feel.
Next, celebrate the achievements of others. Contentment has to be practiced, and you’ll have an opportunity to do so every time someone receives what you want or believe God for. Heidi and I trust Him for our mortgage to be paid off, so when we hear of a family paying off theirs, we praise God for His faithfulness. It’s not always easy, but I urge you to become a cheerleader. Root for others, and you’ll learn to be content.
Lastly, credit God’s strength and provision. Paul shared his secret to being content in Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (NKJV). So can you. By God’s grace, you will overcome envy with contentment and learn to appreciate what you have in Him. Others will continue to be blessed, but if you’ll take these 3 steps, jealousy will not get the best of you.
1 Timothy 6:6 – Godliness with contentment is great gain (NIV).
*Excerpt taken from Mountain-Moving Love.