There is so much noise. So many things to compare. My resume. My house. My car. My spiritualness. My morality.
Comparisons form the basis of judgement. We compare and either find ourselves wildly ahead or wildly behind. Prideful or crushed.
Contentment is the Anti-judgement. It centers us. Quiets our heart and holds our tongue. Contentment says “I accept how things are, not how they could or should be.”
Strangely, contentment, when inspired by the Comforter, is able to come in times of great loss and can be incredibly elusive in times of great plenty. Contentment also whispers “I accept how others are, not how they could or should be.”
Contentment enjoys the life one has now and can enjoy others even with their flaws.
Of all the things Paul wrote, perhaps one purely reflects his genius in human nature:
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. ” 1 Timothy 6:6
Read chapter 6. I dare you. He deals with it all, envy, strife, judgements and materialism. Yet he brings it all to the center in these simple seven words.