Contentment is a word that's kind of easy to say, and pretty hard to achieve. And I'm not talking about the just-worked-out-now-I'm-happy-with-myself kind of contentment. Or the I-love-my-outfit contentment, but actual contentment. I think this is true for every Christian that real contentment lies in our attitude and hearts. Being content is a state, not a feeling. And honestly, I'm still learning what this means in my own life. But here are a couple things I learned that have helped with creating a daily habit and lifestyle of contentment.
4. Give Regularly // This kind of goes along with focusing on others. The sooner you realize your things are not actually yours (their God's!), the better you'll feel. The more you focus less on yourself and what you have, the more you'll be content with what the Lord has blessed you with.
5. Balance Your Life // This one is the most difficult for me. Making priorities and sticking to them. When you're able to put your life and relationships in perspective, it'll be easier for you to focus on the things that need attention, and places you might need to grow.
6. Worship is a Must // Whether you're worshipping through prayer, to worship music, or doing something else to worship God - to have a content life, you must live a worshipful one.
7. Reject Satan's Lies // The devil is out to steal, kill, and destroy you. He wants you to be afraid of the next thing that'll go wrong. He wants you to be anxious about finances. He wants you to not give your relationships to God. He wants your focus off of the true contentment only God can bring you! Be fully aware of Satan's lies and reject them! God is stronger than the lies, and YOU ARE GOD'S!
8. Stop Waiting // The word waiting could be interchangeable for comparing. I really think that we're waiting for our lives to get as good as the next guy's. We want and crave for our lives to get better, and we always want what we can't have. But I implore you to stop waiting for God to hand you something and be content with what you have (while continuing to work hard for what yo want).
9. You Can't Do It Alone // This one goes hand-in-hand with the first one. Jesus is the only way you will ever be truly content. You can be rich and think you're "happy". You can be poor and try everything to fill you up -- but you will never be fully content nor satisfied until you give your entire heart, soul, and mind to Jesus!