Contentment

contentment

One of the keys to living a simple and minimal lifestyle is contentment.

In America, we have been bombarded with advertising trying to convince us that we need and deserve unnecessary things. And, too often, we believe it.

We’re fairly happy with what we have until we compare what we have or don’t have to what someone else has.

We can ignore the messages telling us we need more.

Instead, we can choose a life of simplicity and contentment.

For Christians, contentment is biblical:

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me, but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:10-13 HCSB

“But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with these.” -1 Timothy 6:6-8 HCSB

These scriptures are such an encouragement to me. They put into focus what really matters and that does not include acquiring things.

I firmly believe that learning contentment is a crucial step in your attempts to live simply.

To foster contentment, start dwelling on what you do have.

When you are thankful for all of the good, how can you not be content?

How do you foster contentment in your life? 

 

responses to “Contentment” 9

  1. This is such a great post. Being content is definitely something I struggle with. I find the internet is especially bad for that. I may feel content and then look online and lose sight of all the blessings God has given me. Thank you for sharing.

    I just love your blog. Such a precious little family! 🙂

  2. Loved this post, and it came at such a great time! Thanks for sharing. Can't believe how big your beautiful daughter is getting! If you need future blog post ideas (for all you spare time, ha ha), would LOVE more posts on either the kid's or your own current minimalist wardrobes. Have a great day!

    1. So glad this post was read when you needed to hear it! And, Cecilia is getting so big, she's more a toddler than baby now. I will probably write a post about wardrobes when spring arrives!

  3. I agree with this post. We moved in the last year and downsized from 1850 sq. ft home to a 907 sq ft home. We are a family of 4, soon to be 5 this summer. We are renting as we had to move last minute for a new job for my husband and our town is very rural and small 320 population. There just aren't many homes available. My friends and family are always wondering how we can manage in such a small home, but has been so freeing to live simply and I feel our family is more bonded now. But coming into this I had to pray a lot for contentment! Now I feel like we are so blessed. We may live in a small home but it is nice and very cute plus we are able to put away $1,000 a month towards our future "forever" home.

    1. I really love our small(ish) home. (907 is much smaller than ours!) We get asked frequently about buying a bigger house – we feel like we have more than enough room here! Congrats on the little one on the way this summer!!

  4. Two summers ago Jason's family asked me what I would like for my birthday. I thought about it and ended up responding that I couldn't think of a thing I needed. Someone said, "well what do you *want*?" I just shrugged and said, "nothing really." Someone else (I think jokingly) responded, "must be nice to be so spoiled you want nothing." I responded, "It's more like I'm content with what I have." The looks I got…it was like I was speaking a foreign language!

    For me it's just remembering that I have what is needed. In fact, I have more than I need! I do sometimes get caught up in what others post on social media and can get a little jealous but I quickly remember that what they are sharing is a snippet! I know several people who charge/borrow to get big, expensive things and that is exactly what we try to avoid! So while people share that nice, fancy home with all the gadgets and big-kid "toys" I'm not seeing the debt many have built up! I enjoy having minimal debts (van and student loans) and want to keep it that way!

    1. I'm the same way, there really isn't anything I want. (Although, I do have a small book wish list almost all the time!) And, you're so right, being content definitely helps finances.

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