Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rediscovering Good Attitudes: CONTENTMENT

We are all in pursuit of "it". The "it" that might satisfy our souls. Maybe we think there is "something" out there that will give us what we are looking for. We have bought things we couldn't afford hoping that we might gain "it". Only to find ourselves sooner or later discontent and in debt. We quit the jobs we didn't like or ran after the great big promotion in search of contentment. Thought to ourselves only if I was the "boss" I would be happy.  We have blamed others for our dis-satisfaction. We have envied what our neighbors have and live with the "only if" I had what they had. People get divorced looking for "it". One might blame their spouse for the source of their discontentment only to find themselves later still dissatisfied. Parents try to find "it" by throwing their children into endless sports hoping that their happiness might be derived through the life of their children... only to be disappointed... and then to take it out on the child.

Have I named you? I know I have named myself in the great IF and IT. Only to find that I have looked for satisfaction and contentment in all the wrong places.

Paul who was formerly known as Saul was "the MAN". A chief Pharisee. He knew stuff. He was in charge. He carried authority. He was spiritual. He had "IT". He was at the top yet not content...something was missing. Later down the road Saul was now Paul. No longer the "it" person but a Christ following, imprisoned apostle. What authority he had could only be dictated. He had very little to his name yet he seemed SO rich.

He says this... "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. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength." I love that he says "learned"... as to say contentment isn't an attitude that we are naturally given but an attitude we must learn for. The big secret is that the great "it" that we all long for yet search for in the finite is Christ. We search for a god that might satisfy us in our promotions, our children, our money, our things, our jobs, our homes... only to be disappointed because we have realized God is not found in any of those places. Jesus says to us that he IS the bread of life and with him you will never be hunger and thirst again.

Jesus is the IT we all long and search for.

May your contentment be found in God the bread of life.