Guest Post Author: Don Litchford
One definition of contentment is satisfaction with one’s lot, or a disposition of mind undisturbed by anxiety or envy.
It seems that as I read the newspaper and watch TV, the majority of people have very little of either peace or contentment. In general, we are always in a hurry to get some place other than where we are. We have very little patience with our fellow man and we generally want much more in life than we now have or need.
I grew up on a farm and I remember very well the much slower pace of life back then. Neighbors worked to help each other and we always had time to visit either with neighbors or family. We didn’t have a lot of the world’s material goods, but we never did desire to a great extent those things we knew were beyond our obtaining. I guess what I am trying to say is we were content and at peace with ourselves and those came in contact with.
Hebrews 13:5 says to keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, “…never will I leave your and never will I forsake you.” The only true way to find peace and contentment is to put our lives in the hands of the Lord. When difficult times come, as they have for my family, it is only by placing our lives in the trust of God that we can survive and know with full knowledge that God will give us peace and contentment.