Friday, March 30, 2012
Contentment. The word inspires a world of images. Lying on your couch with your kids watching a movie. Curled up by the fireplace with a good book. Shopping for a sharp new wardrobe. Watching the sunset on a clear summer day with your sweetheart. Admirable things, all. But can we discover a deeper meaning to the word?
I’m currently walking my own journey in search of contentment. I’m very content in some aspects of my life but not all of them. As any parent of a special needs child understands, every day is precious but that doesn't necessarily bring us contentment. The Apostle Paul wrote that he wanted to be content at all times, no matter the circumstances or what may be swirling around him. It’s this kind of contentment I’m seeking. Is it even realistic to pursue such a thing?
How can we reach a level of contentment where no matter what lies behind or in front of us, it won’t affect us? Being content is more than simply enjoying the moment or relishing a memory in the making. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines contentment as “a resting or satisfaction of mind without disquiet.” A deeper meaning can be found when defining the root word, content: “satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire.” I wonder how many people actually experience contentment in that context. Do you? How do you know? How does being content enhance your everyday life?
Discovering true contentment may take a lot of work and focus, but in the end, wouldn’t you rather live there then in the craziness that so many people do?