How content are you? Here’s a short quiz:
1) Your friend just came back from a fabulous vacation. You:
- Grumble and avoid the topic while faking your own tropical getaway on Instagram.
- Tell him how wonderful his new Mickey Mouse collectable is. It would be a shame if something….happened to it.
- Can’t wait to see the pictures
2) Describe where you are in life:
- At the corner of going nowhere and fast
- Not even on the map
- I’m right where I need to be.
3) When you go to a restaurant, do you catch yourself:
- Complaining about the service or food
- Complaining about your date
- Wishing you had a date
- Picking up the check for a friend and leaving a great tip. Extra points:
- Picking up the tab for a stranger
4) Your friend gets married (or has a baby) before you do. You:
- Plan a pity party, admission one + tub of ice cream and sappy country music
- Become cynical about married people / parents. They are all boring anyway
- Plan her bridal / baby shower
5) Choose which best describes your reaction when you visit Facebook:
- Everyone else’s life is awesome. Why not me?
- Exaggerate your less than awesome life so everyone will think it is more awesome than their’s
- Love keeping up with friends, love to see them doing well.
6) Bonus question for bloggers – When you see a site that has waayyy more followers, you:
- Check your stats every 15 minutes to see how yours is doing
- Inactivate, shut down your site, call it a day. Like forever.
- Praise God and keep writing
Sound familiar anyone? So how did you do? If you got mostly a’s and b’s, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. If you got mostly c’s, (or in the case of #3, d or e) then hurray! You have a grip on this contented thing. As for me, the whole topic of dis-contentment is an example of what writers say, “write what you know.” Well, folks, I’m writing what I know. *sigh*. Not gonna lie. Writing this post has opened my eyes to how restless I can be.
This quiz really isn’t meant to be scientific, (obviously) but just a fun way to get us thinking. You can add a lot more to the list…job promotions, favoritism at work, inheritances, good looks, time off, nice houses, talent, smarts, etc., etc. How many times do we grumble about life? How many ways do we belly-ache, even though we know better even as we complain?
Here’s just a couple of scriptures (although there’s plenty more) about contentment:
“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. (1 Tim. 6:6)
If we have food and clothing, that alone is reason for thanksgiving to God. So many in this world do without just the basics. If God has given us anything beyond that, it says here that’s certainly additional reason to be thankful, whatever it is.
The Greek word for “contentment” is autarkeia1, which was first used by Stoic philosophers to describe a person who was unflappable and unmoved by external circumstances. As belivers, our contentment comes from God, not ourselves. In 2 Corth. 3:5, Paul states “not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.
To the church at Philllipi, he expresses a heart of contentment:
“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” (Phil 4: 11-12).
Can anyone relate to this? Have you ever struggled with being content? Have you, like Paul, been in situations of both need and plenty and have learned to be content in all circumstances? Would love to hear from you!