Contentment! Why Can't I Find It? by Curt Dodd


If there was ever a verse that was perfect for today it is
Ecclesiastes 4:8 which says:
There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There
was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his
wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I
depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless--a
miserable business!

Now, switch to the New Testament and hear the words of the
Apostle Paul who said with great satisfaction in I Timothy 6:8:
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Big question. Why are some people content, seemingly? And
others are not? Have you ever gone through that war in your
life where you just can't seem to get satisfaction? It seems
that regardless of what you do, what you try to accomplish, the
successes you have, the wealth you accumulate, the positions
that you attain, the status you may gain, the fulfillment in
your family that you may experience, or in your relationships
with your wife, or your husband, why, as there sometimes occurs
in our lives, that sense of, "I'm just not happy"?

There is an inscription on a tombstone in an old English
graveyard that reads: "She died for want of things." Her
husband's marker is right next to her's and his epitaph reads:
"He died trying to give them to her." It seems like chronic
discontentment is an epidemic. It flows like a disease that
hits cultures at different times and more intensely at others.
One survey found that of people aged 18 to 39 only 30%
considered themselves very satisfied with life. Only 1 out o ...

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