Do you want to be content? Satisfied? Are you tired of chasing promises only to be left wanting?
Everywhere you turn you hear:
You deserve the best . . . you’re worth it!
You deserve happiness and having the best will make you happy!
Never settle for less than you deserve. Demand the best, accept nothing less!
Really what is “best” anyway? Who decides?
Want to know a simple truth”
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But we’re tempted by that word “best” aren’t we?
We wander aisles and websites searching for new and better. We crave labels. We run after status. And next week we’ll shake off last week’s contentment and charge on.
Aren’t you tired? Don’t you want simple contentment?
Stop tying your self-worth to your stuff. Give up your pride!
a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people
a feeling that you are more important or better than other people
a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.
What do you think?
Based on those definitions pride isn’t generically bad.
You should respect yourself and expect others to treat you respectfully. (You should respect them, too.) And you should be happy when you do something well.
You should not feel you are more important or better than other people.
The Bible says:
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from Him. 1 John 2:15:16 (MSG)
And C.S. Lewis said:
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”
Wow, that’s counter-cultural isn’t it? Wealth. Fame. Popularity. Prestige. That’s where it’s at.
But have you ever stopped and really listened to people who “have it all?” Often they seem to have everything but contentment and satisfaction.
Are you ready for better than “best?” Try humility.
- the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people
I like that definition. It’s simple. It makes relationships more important than stuff.
Humility chooses its contentment and satisfaction in God. Humility knows and uses His the gifts, talents, and abilities He gives for His glory. Humility wants to do well, to do its best, but always and only for God’s glory.
The Bible says:
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4
That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. Galatians 5:26
C.S. Lewis said:
If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realise that one is proud.
Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him.
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else thrown in.
Choose God’s Best and Find Contentment and Satisfaction
- Choose to praise God for who He is.
- Choose to avoid the comparison trap.
- Choose to stop chasing promises and want what you have.
- Choose to do your best and use what you have for God’s glory.
- Choose to make your relationships a priority.
- Choose to count your blessings.
- Choose to trust God’s plans and purposes.
- Choose to celebrate today.
- Choose to talk with God about every need.
- Choose to bless others with what you have.
Choose contentment and satisfaction!
Be you! Do your best. Be humble. Find contentment in your relationship to God through Jesus and enjoy His blessings.
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Psalm 90:14
“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” ~St. Augustine
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