The Lord has a very simple (but not always easy to live out) definition of contentment: food and clothing. It’s not to say that having or desiring more than these basic essentials is wrong or sinful – not at all! – only that God’s definition of contentment looks quite different from what the world offers us.
It also doesn’t mean that those who lack material blessings are by default more content than their wealthy counterparts (although sometimes this can be the case). You can be poor and discontented, or rich and content with the Lord’s provision for your life – and the opposite is also true, too! To glamorize either extreme (poverty or wealth) is to miss the point, in my view.
I suppose we are to be content and thankful for our everyday blessings, whether they be great or small, rather than focusing on what it is we believe may be missing. We still should have desires to put before the Lord (contentment and settling are not the same thing), but I suppose it’s all a matter of where we place our focus, no?
I’ll close with an important truth (that I’m speaking to myself more than anyone): Contentment is a choice. No one can force it on you, and you also won’t stumble upon it by happenstance, either. We must be as intentional about biblical contentment as we are with any other discipine in our lives (blogging, Bible reading, exercise, etc.). Contentment takes effort, until it becomes a habit – and even then, it requires some maintenance (gratitude, prayer, worship, and so on) to keep our contentment anchored in place.
So be content – if you dare. 💛