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Practicing Contentment and Not Wanting More

Authored By: Bruce Witt


Philippians 4:11-12, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 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.” 

Contentment is an attitude of wanting what I have versus having what I want. It is not found in the abundance or lack of material goods, it is developed as a mental attitude. We are not born content, but rather it is a learned behavior. The opposite of contentment is being driven. This is an epidemic of our culture. We are consumed to acquire, to be somebody or driven because of pressure.

Contentment results in peace and freedom. This peace keeps us from worry and anxiousness, it is an anchor in the midst of difficulties. The freedom of contentment comes from both not being entangled with possessions and not being driven to have more. Contentment allows us to reflect more and invest our lives into the lives of others, things that transcend the daily rat race of life.

Contentment leads to a life of peace and rest.

Contentment helps me love God and people, not myself or things.

Contentment is learned and based on knowing the grace of God.

I have concluded that the accumulation of wealth, even if I could achieve it, is an insufficient reason for living. When I reach the end of my days, a moment or two from now I must look backward on something more meaningful that the pursuit of houses, land, machines, stocks and bonds. Nor is fame any lasting benefit. I will consider my earthly existence to have been wasted unless I can recall a loving family, a consistent investment in the lives of people and an earnest attempt to serve the God who make me. Nothing else makes much sense. -James Dobson, Jr.

Bruce Witt

About the Author

Bruce is the President of Leadership Revolution, Inc. and also Managing Director at Global Alliance Compass. He is Married to Dana and has 2 sons, Robert (27) and Andrew (25). Bruce formed an international leadership development and consulting business working with leaders from over 50 countries. They equip business people in spiritual leadership and teambuilding through coaching, consulting, executive roundtables, and resource development. Bruce also developed an internationally accepted leadership development process partnering with many international ministries such as CBMCI, Walk Thru the Bible, Compass, FCA, Priority Associates, CBMC India, and Indonesia. He has facilitated consulting projects to reorganize and reposition numerous USA businesses for future growth and sustainability. http://www.leadershiprevolution.us/