Repetition is the mother of learning. When I was teaching math to GED students, they would get so annoyed because I had them repeat things over and over again until it became second nature. After they passed the GED, they thanked me because working quickly helped them earn a better score. Repetition works when trying to memorize, to get stronger in the gym, to increase endurance for a run. It helps in a variety of contexts, including how to be content. Regardless of what is going on around us, we are commanded to be content, displaying a settled trust in what God has done, is doing, and will do. We don’t let the ups and downs of life impact our joy and contentment. We can get to this place by learning how to be content. This means we practice contentment. We repeat contentment, even when we don’t want to. At some point, contentment becomes second nature. Are you there yet? Have you learned this vital characteristic, or are you still searching for meaning and worth in material possessions and relationships? You won’t find real, genuine, lasting contentment outside of a life of fellowship with Jesus Christ. Trust me. I’ve tried.
Philippians 4:11: “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”
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