Contentment is a somewhat ironic concept in our culture today. Everyone is seeking for the one big thing that will make them content. Most people think that they are one acquisition or one life change away from contentment. The irony is that if you are seeking after something then you are not content. But we think that if we had one particular life change then we would be content. If we had a better job, a better marriage, a better family, a better home, a better car, a better entertainment plan, a greater amount of discretionary income and so on, then we would be content. Unfortunately the words of rock singer Sheryl Crow has fallen on deaf ears: “It’s not getting what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got” (Soak Up The Sun). Can we be content? What is the secret to being content in this life? This is what Paul is going to tell these Christians as he brings his letter to an end.
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