The apostle Paul had something that I want...."I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." (Philippians 4:12)
Contentment: knowing when enough is enough; being at peace with your circumstances; not always pushing ahead or being consumed with attaining or obtaining.
This attitude is foreign. All around me, there is always a drive for more, better, faster and higher. And I have to admit...at times, it seeps into my thinking about and approach to life.
I love my life, my marriage, my family, my job...but I'm not always content. All too often, I find myself in the pursuit of "something" or "somewhere"--to the neglect or even exclusion of other areas. It's never created by a lack of something, just a desire for more.
"Contentment" is a work that only God can do in me. I'm sure that's why the very next words Paul wrote were..."I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)