The Key to Being Happy with What You Have

pic_drawer_105135_yawl6aIt started as far back as I can remember. At the age of 5 a certain Barbie was all I wanted, and THEN I would be happy. At the age of 10, a pair of earrings would make me completely satisfied if I could only own them. At the age 15, I was finally able to wear makeup and if I could get a boyfriend in the near future my world would be perfect and I would be so content I wouldn’t need anything else. By age 20 I was married, had my first baby and life was good…but a house of my own would be nice because I was sick of apartment living and THEN I would be satisfied and content. Now at age 26 I am happier and more blessed than I deserve. Two kids, a loving husband, a wonderful church family and a comfy home. But every once in a while the discontentment bug bites again….“If only I had that car….if only I had that purse…if only I had that slim figure….if only we had the money to travel wherever we wanted…”. What does it take to stop being discontent? Can you ever feel completely satisfied with your life and the NOW you are living in?

I believe Hebrews 13:5 tells us the key to being content, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.. Can STUFF bring us the true contentment us as humans long for? Can worldly pleasures make us completely and totally satisfied? No and no. Stuff is not eternal. Stuff gets old and wears down. Stuff gives us pleasure for a moment until we get bored and want the new and improved stuff. But God, He is eternal. God is always. God is constant. God should be our contentment.

We are humans and it is sometimes hard for us to NOT think physically. If we can change our thinking to more spiritual, that is where the key to contentment is. As Christians we have every reason to be completely satisfied. We may never make enough money to buy the exact car we want, but we will have heaven one day. We may not like every feature on our body, but we know God made us the way He wanted. If we can always think back to God and our salvation and that He “will never leave us nor forsake us”, then that is when we will be completely content in the here and now. Because we will remember God has given us everything, and that the gadgets, toys, cars, beauty and money we have on this earth really won’t matter in the end.

As a teenager I remember always looking towards the future….dreaming about a future husband, future kids, future home, future travels, etc. And that is ok. I still “dream” about the future. But don’t let your dreaming lead to being discontentment. You have God in your life NOW, and that is what true contentment is.  I love my husband with all my heart, but without God in my life I couldn’t be completely satisfied. I love my comfortable home, but if I didn’t have God as my Lord, then I could never truly be content. I love new computers and dresses and music as much as the next girl, but without God and the hope of heaven, I could never be truly happy with just those things. Remembering God, our hope of heaven, His sacrifice He made for us and that is He is constantly with us is what leads to happy and content living! “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

Alicia Bookout
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Alicia and her husband Garrett currently serve at the Northwest congregation in Lawton, OK. They have two children: Emma and Wesley.

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