Contentment can be easy to practice for a short time period but having a spirit of contentment through the highs and lows of life is difficult. I like how the Apostle Paul said that "he had LEARNED to be content". That helps me to remember that there's no magic formula that will one day cause me to be content. Contentment comes from having spiritual discipline.
It's like a child who is learning multiplication facts. They need to practice them over and over again until they have the facts memorized and can just spout off the answers without much thought. A spirit of contentment is the same way. We need to continuously thank God for any and every circumstance because we know the facts. We know that God has a purpose and a plan for every circumstance in our lives. He works EVERYTHING for our good and His glory.
When we grumble or complain about something that happens to us, what we are really doing is telling God that he doesn't know what he is doing. When we desire one more toy, one more gadget, one more promotion or one more earthly possession to finally bring true satisfaction then we're telling God that Him saving us from an eternal hell is not enough. We're telling Him that what we truly desire is comfort and happiness here on earth instead of following His commands to take up our cross and follow Him.
Chasing after earthly treasures will NEVER lead to true fulfillment or contentment in our lives. Contentment is not learned if we only focus on it one day or one month out of the year. We must completely change our perspective of why we're on this planet. We must surrender our wants and desires and take on the desires of Christ for us.
So after the Thanksgiving meal is done and all the family has gone home, don't stop being thankful for your blessings. When school and work starts again, don't lose sight of why God has placed you in that school or in that company. Those places are your mission fields to plant some seeds.
When you start to feel the "gimme gimme's" of Christmas, stop and thank God for His gift of salvation. Remind yourself and your family what God has called followers of Christ to be about. Being consistently content can only happen through the power of Christ in us. So lets take time every day to ask God to strengthen us with His power and willingness to surrender to His plans.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.