Keys to a Contented Life

Over the next few weeks I would like to give you some “Keys to Life”. I hope this will be an encouragement and a challenge to live an extraordinary life for God.

The Keys to a Contented Life

Is your life all you expected it to be or hoped it would be? What about your job, or your church? Here’s a good one, what about your spouse? What about you? Are these areas of your life all you really want them to be? Let me pose a better question. Are these areas all God wants them to be? As we grow older, what we envisioned for ourselves generally never measures up to reality. Quite often what I have found is that when I am “discontented” with my life or something or someone in my life, the problem usually lies with me and my failure to understand what God is trying to accomplish in me and through me.  The Apostle Paul said it this way, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Although Paul was speaking primarily of physical or material circumstances, the principle applies to any situation. Paul could be content for two reasons. One, he knew that whatever occurred in his life was for the purpose of holiness. He used every situation as an opportunity to glorify God through his actions. Secondly, he knew that Christ Jesus possessed his heart and it was Jesus who caused the Apostle Paul to understand and be content in his circumstances. When we understand that there is a divine purpose in suffering, in difficult circumstances and even in “having plenty”, not only does that understanding help us persevere but it should create a within us an awareness of God’s presence…and that should be enough to be content.

Right now, wherever you are, make a list of all the situations or people with which you are “discontented.” Ask God to help you see these situations or people as He sees them. Repent of any sinful attitudes or actions, and commit to following His will regardless of the consequences.

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About Cliff Pace

Cliff Pace is the Senior Pastor at Hernando Baptist Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Tracy Hawkins Pace and has two daughters, Shaohannah (8) and Sadie (5)