I like to read different translations of the Bible each year. Often times, I find a better understanding of a topic or a new perspective on something that may have become so familiar to me that I stop contemplating it. A few days ago, I came across these words translated by Eugene Peterson in The Message. They were just the reminder I needed on finding contentment.
“You are blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourself proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” (Matthew 5:5)
So, what does that mean? According to this translation, when we stop striving to be more, do more, and have more in order to find true happiness we find our sweet spot. True contentment does not count the number on the scale, the dollars in our paycheck, or the neighborhood we live in. It does not depend on the actions of others or the conditions of the future.
We find satisfaction in life when we turn our focus off our ourselves and towards others. Practice kindness. Be more patient with others. Take a few deep breaths before responding to others. Let go of resentments. Serve others. Be humble.
When we practice these things we find the greatest satisfaction in life. Jesus promises that if we act in this way, we will be blessed.
In what ways do you find contentment in your life? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment or send me a message.
Wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July!
Until next time,