Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.–Proverbs 17:1
I do this all the time, looking at houses and thinking it would be nice to have a bigger house, a fancier house. Or thinking about how it would be nice to drive a Mercedes instead of my Ford. The issue is, that I’m not content like I should be.
Being content is hard for us, especially in the Americanized culture, where it’s taught to want more. There is nothing wrong with wanting better things than what you have for yourself or your family. It’s how we go about getting those things. What sacrifices are we willing to make in order to have more? Many people work 80 hour weeks so that they can pay for a fancier house or nicer car. They miss out on time with their family and loved ones, just to have some nicer things.
I see it a lot with people I know, not being content with what they have and always trying to make a dollar, so they can afford something that is beyond what they can really afford. These people get grouchy and easily irritable. Why? Because they never know for sure if they’re going to have money to pay for the nicer home, car, toys, whatever.
There is peace in being content with what you have. I know personally, when I’m content, I’m a much happier person. I probably a lot easier to live with. When I’m not content, I’m grouchy, because I want something I can’t have. It’s hard for me, I’m a competitive person. I’m competitive with myself, I think I can always do better. Nothing wrong with being competitive, until you get to not being content with where you are.
I’ve talked a lot about wanting nicer homes or cars, but it can be with anything. Maybe it’s your job, you want a more powerful job, a fancier title. How’s your job performance when that job title doesn’t come when you think it should? Do you get mad or are you okay with it? Usually if we get mad, we start becoming not so great of an employee. (Check out Where Are You Seeking Favor)
Not being content in our lives, brings strife. We need to learn to appreciate what we have. Being content, will let us focus on the important things in life. It will bring us less strife in our life.
Doing a gratitude journal or even just thinking of a couple of things each day you’re grateful for changes your mindset for the day. It’s something I’ve done in the past and going to start doing again on a constant basis.