3:35:00 PM

Contentment is sometimes a hard lesson to learn. We look around at our situation and see all the bad things and seem to be blind to the good. We look at other's lives and feel like they have it all together while our world is falling apart. And that's the root of discontentment: looking around at what others have and thinking If only I had that, I would be happy.

"Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." (Luke 12:15 KJV)

But we need to learn to be content now, or we never will be later.

It can be hard to be content; especially during this time of year. Friends and relatives are asking you what you want for Christmas, stores are advertising the newest fad, and magazines mysteriously arrive in your mailbox by the dozens. But through it all, I think we've lost the real reason why we give gifts this time of the year. It's to remember the greatest gift ever given to us. And when we remember that we can choose not to focus on what we want.

"For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (Philippians 4:11 KJV)
Can we look past the difficulties and trials of life in order to realize how truly blessed we are? If we can do that, we can learn to be content with where God has us. It allows us to see our life with new eyes that focuses on God's goodness instead of life's troubles.

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