Consumerism: Living in a manner that is measured by having rather than being.
Contentment is defined as the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are. Larry Burkett says contentment is not something that is found; it is an attitude. Contentment doesn’t come when you’ve achieved a certain goal or have gotten a bigger house or have found your perfect spouse. Contentment comes when you realize it’s not what you have that makes you content. Contentment doesn’t just happen when you reach a plateau in life. Contentment is a daily choice. If being content is a desire you have, then each day you must choose to be grateful. Each day you must choose to trust God.
During a recent sermon my pastor spoke about contentment over consumerism and the disease overtaking our country known as ‘stuffitis’. We have too much stuff and still we want more. Our pile of stuff continually expands as though we will never have enough.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them. -Marcus Aurelius
Even Paul says in Philippians 4:11 that he learned to be content. ‘…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.’ Being content wasn’t something that happened to him overnight. Paul, like us, had his own struggles throughout his life but daily chose where his focus would be.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. -Socrates
Seeking satisfaction does not bring contentment.
Choosing to be content in the moment of life we are in right now, today, is a choice. Choose well!