This Week: Be content with what you have

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By Kelvin Esiasa

Apostle Paul urges Christians to be content with what they have. Paul wrote in Philippians that he did not speak in desperations, but he had learnt to be content in whatever circumstances. Paul Said: “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all this through him who gives me strength”.

Paul also urged Christians not to fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in everything, they should pray and petition with thanksgiving to God. Jesus Christ also told the soldiers (who wanted to know on how they should be content) that they should not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely but be content with their wages.

Discontent is woven into the fabric of our daily life. We eat breakfast and wonder why our usual cereal tastes bland. Driving to work, we find out attention drifting to the houses that seem nicer than our own or the beautiful vacation spots advertised on billboards. At the office, we listen jealously as a coworker talks about weekend adventures after we just spent one doing errands. At lunch, we go into a store and watch a super-duper television set we cannot afford. In the afternoon, we hear about someone’s promotion and get upset that we are not moving ahead in our careers. By the time we get home again, a dark cloud of accumulated resentments and regrets has overtaken us.

There are so many things which make people not to be content. Lack of Simplicity, living beyond your, not appreciating our relationship and not appreciating the job. Discontented people tend to be complainers, or grumpy, or negative. That leads to problems at the job. We act like life is about who has the most stuff. Solomon tells us that human desire is like an empty womb, a grave, a fire, or a parched dessert which keeps wanting more.

Contentedness, on the other hand, is a matter of being satisfied with what you have. It focuses on what you have and don’t have instead of just being a state of being. To be content we one need to apply themselves.

Firstly, we need to focus on what we have been given rather than on what we have not been given. If we appreciate everything, we will find that satisfaction and contentment begin to flood our soul. It is a matter of focus. This is a basic gratitude practice. Don’t take your possessions for granted. Every day acknowledge what just one tool or object means to you and how it improves your life. Make a list of other things you are grateful for at the end of the day, and include thanksgiving moments in your prayers.

Secondly, Count your blessings. When you find yourself unhappy with something, or with what you don’t have, take a moment to count all the good things in your life. This puts the focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t.

Thirdly, appreciate people. It’s good to appreciate people, but it’s even better to show them. Give them a hug, smile, spend time with them, thank them out loud, thank them publicly. When you find yourself unhappy with someone, or trying to change them, stop yourself.

Fourthly, learn to enjoy the simple things. Instead of wanting to buy expensive things, and spend money on doing things like eating out or entertainment, learn to enjoy stuff that’s free.


Kelvin Esiasa – President  Zambian Society for Public Administration and Society for Family Business


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