Learn why discontentment will not just rob you of your happiness, but also your life.
Have you ever felt that you are never contented with what you have?
You’re trying your best to be content with your life. However, the desire to have more and more in your life seems to be so tempting. Whenever you look at the life of your successful friends or the new car of your neighbor, you just can’t seem to avoid to also want the things that they have.
While the desire to have a better life of and itself isn’t wrong, if we are not careful, it can quickly turn to ungodly discontentment, envy, and covetousness.
I know how it EXACTLY feels because I also experienced the same thing.
Recently, I just lost my most expensive smartphone. You see, before, I was happy with my old phone. However, something in me wants the latest smartphone in the market. One thing that holds me back – I don’t have the money for it and there are more important things than a new and shiny phone.
Months passed by, the feeling of inadequacy is growing stronger and stronger. I started to look for the best smartphones sold on Facebook. Lo, and behold: I found what I’ve been looking for. It’s a used phone, but it is still one of the latest smartphones in the market. I tried to convinced myself and my wife to buy this phone. I came up with so many excuses just to rationalize my decision.
I bought the used, but expensive phone.
And guess what happened.
In just less than three months, the phone won’t work anymore and I don’t have the money to get it fixed.
Just that. *Poof* my money is gone and I’m left with a useless phone.
I learned a lot of things from this experience. I only got myself to blame. The worst part of it is that I’m not the only one to suffer because of my poor decision-making.
My family also suffered.
Is this story familiar to you? Maybe, you have also lost a large sum of money because of discontentment. Perhaps, you lost more than just money. You also lost your health, career, family, and worst of all, your life.
My friend, this is the high cost that we have to pay when we give in to discontentment. Undoubtedly, the more you want, the lonelier you can be.
The Apostle Paul was right when he wrote:
“NOW GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition (I Timothy 6:6-9).
In my book, the Power of His Word, I explained what godly contentment really means:
So what is contentment? Contentment is the realization that apart from God we are nothing. Contentment is the realization that only God can fulfill our greatest desires. CONTENTMENT WILL NOT COME FROM THE PHYSICAL THINGS that we acquire because no matter how much you have, you will still be unsatisfied. There is still a gaping spiritual hole in your heart that on God can fill.
Don’t let discontentment ruin your life. Don’t pay the high price for believing that you are nothing if you don’t have something. Learn to be content with godliness. Because at the end of our lives, what we bring beyond the grave are not our smartphones, houses, cars, or titles, it will be the godly character that we have built during this lifetime.
Until He comes,