Are you content? Part 1

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How do you define contentment? I looked it up in the internet and saw this “a state of happiness and satisfaction”. This definition is similar to mine with the two key elements… happiness and satisfaction/fulfillment.These two concepts are actually not the same. You can be happy but not fulfilled/satisfied. For instance, licking your favorite dream ice cream can make you happy but cannot satisfy your hunger for food. Getting an admission into the university to study the course you desire can make you happy but it can make you fulfilled because your admission does not automatically mean graduation. You still need to study and pass exams amidst life challenges.In addition, you can be satisfied/fulfilled but not happy. Having children in a marriage is fulfilling/satisfying but when those children are being rebellious and disobedience, she will be unhappy. Having lots of money and material wealth is satisfying/fulfilling but having no one to talk with or love will cause unhappiness.So are you happy?Are you satisfied/fulfilled?These questions are very difficult to answer because life is in phases and facets and while you might be happy in some, you might not in others. For instance, you might be happy financially but unhappy martially or fulfilled in your choice of career and unfulfilled/dissatisfied in not having children in your marriage. Hannah was a case in point… In addition, while you might be satisfied/fulfilled in some, you might not in others. It is almost impossible to be happy or satisfied/fulfilled every moment of your life…Psalm 23:4 “even though I walk through the darkest valley…” and Psalm 30:5(b) “… weeping May stay for the night…” and the rest of the “Fear not…” scriptures reminds us that in this world, we cannot be happy and satisfied all the time… The Lord Himself said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so in me you May have peace. In the world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”. In fact, it is almost impossible to find someone who is happy and satisfied/fulfilled with the entirety of his/her life at every/any given time.What this tells us is that while on earth and concerning things that are on earth and about and within earth, no man can truly say “I am Content at all or any given time(s)”.So why the endless and senseless pursuit of earthly dreams and goals?See you tommorow with part 2 of Are You Content?

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