Find Contentment, Stop ‘When and Then’ Thinking
By Rick Warren
— October 14, 2011
If God gives a man wealth and property … he should be grateful and enjoy what he has … it is a gift from God. Ecclesiastes 5:19 (GN)
Learning to be content requires that you stop any “when and then” thinking –
- “When I am ___________, then I’ll be happy.”
- “When I have ___________, then I’ll be happy.”
(You fill in the blanks)
The reason we fall into this trap is that we may actually be content for a little while but it won’t last. But, more than likely, someone else or something else will come along and drain the contentment from our lives.
The Bible teaches that happiness isn’t getting what you want. Happiness is being happy with what you have. Look at all the things God has given you.
Unfortunately, we often focus on what we don’t have and forget the many wonderful things we do have, not only material blessings, but far more important things, such as family and friends.
A key to contentment is recognizing that you have the choice to be happy right now with the many things God has already given you. What are you waiting on to make you happy?
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.