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?