One thing I have noticed come up a lot lately in conversations with others and in my own life is the issue of contentment. Contentment seems like this simple, easy concept, but it is extraordinarily difficult to practice. Now, when I say practicing contentment, I mean that it is something that we have to do, rather than something we have naturally. It is a choice that we make to be content with our lives as they are and to identify and find the joys and blessings that are already present. This involves a shift in our priorities and values, from feeling the emptiness of not having what we want, to feeling the fullness of the life that is lived in Christ Jesus. If we have our foundation in our salvation, the things of this world that get us down feel smaller and less important. A secure foundation in the Lord can free us from the daily discontent we experience, because we are a part of something more; because we have our strength in something greater than ourselves.

From Philippians 4:10-14: I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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 him who gives me strength.