Comparison Robs Contentment
Do you struggle being content?
When it comes to finances, contentment does not mean complacency. Complacency means that I have a problem and I suffer through it with a good attitude. Contentment, on the other hand, means I know that I’m in the center of God’s will. I change the things I can. The things I can’t change, I’m willing to accept and be content with because I know the One who’s in control. The secret of a happy life is learning how to deal with both the good times and the bad. Like the Apostle Paul, we can learn how to be content with either one. The problem many of us face is that comparison wipes out our contentment. It robs us of joy and makes us selfish. We miss the blessings God gives us when our eyes drift to others. We spend money on things we can’t afford thinking they’ll bring satisfaction. We end up in debt or despair because we’re trying to keep up with others. In the chase for bigger and better, we miss the beauty of simply abiding in Christ.
So what’s the solution? Live your own life! Stop looking at others! Try memorizing Colossians 3:2-4: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on earthly things. For you have died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory!” An eternal perspective, worship, and gratitude are your best protections. Arm yourself and learn to be completely content.
And if a lack of contentment has burdened you with credit card debt, contact Christian Credit Counselors. They can create a debt management plan just for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or online at crown.org/ccc.