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Contentment
by Linda Weaver  
5/02/2014 / Christian Living


Contentment is a feeling of calm satisfaction, according to Encarta Dictionary. How many of us can say we are content? Is there something in particular that gives you that feeling of calm satisfaction?

In today's world there is so much stimulation around us at all times. Rarely do we enjoy the quiet. All of our senses are somehow ignited almost everywhere we go. Many of us can't get away without taking along our phones, our tablets, or our gaming devices. I get frustrated with all those around me looking at their phones and engaging in something else at all times. To me, it's kind of like talking to someone who isn't really giving me their undivided attention. We call it "social media." Call me old-fashioned, but, when I'm with my friends and family, I want their undivided attention.

The social media is a great way to stay in touch. It also keeps us from being so alone. On the other hand, it becomes more difficult to be content when we are not engaging in some sort of social interaction or being entertained by our electronic devices. Don't get me wrong, I love having the ability to "reach out and touch someone" with an immediate response on Face Book, or get an instant reply from an email or text. Who wants to wait anymore for snail mail? Who wants to wait anymore for anything?

We can interpret "calm satisfaction" in many ways. To some, it may be difficult to be calm and/or satisfied if they aren't constantly interacting, socially, in one way or another. To others, like me, calm satisfaction means not having a constant internal yearning for my cell phone, my tablet, my computer, or the television. Satisfaction is described in the Encarta Dictionary as "the feeling of pleasure when a need or desire is fulfilled; the fulfillment of a need, claim, or desire."

Humans are definitely complex. As I am now a senior citizen (a new position in my long resume), I find myself looking back to the way things used to be. I suppose that is normal at my age. Actually, it is one of the ways I recognize I am, in fact, getting old. Anyway, interaction with others is still so important. It fills an empty spot inside that can't be filled while trying to communicate in some other way.

Talking to God is the best wireless connection we have today! He isn't outdated because of all the little devices that keep us occupied. Scripture tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc. 1:9) Recognize that God created each one of us. He is the one who gave us the knowledge necessary to create all of the wonderful toys we have today. Psalms 139 tells us that no matter how high we go, or how low - we can't get away from God.

Ps 139:7-12

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

NIV



Contentment, in my opinion, is more than satisfying ourselves with anything that will keep us occupied, just so we don't have to deal with our emotions or be bothered with direct communication. We need to examine what contentment means to us. Go deep. Determine whether or not there is something missing - a true inner peace that we can only find in one another and with God.

We were created to have fellowship - not just on social media. We all need one another. We need our friends who have skin on! We need real fellowship with our Heavenly Father. We can't send him a text message or an email. We can't tweet Him. We have to take time out to spend true, uninterrupted time with our Lord. True contentment, peace, and joy come from our one on one relationship with Him. True contentment comes from Him. He's still there when all the other devices, or even friends, aren't. He is the only source of true contentment. He gives the calm satisfaction that we are all in search of. He is the only source of that true, calm satisfaction.

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