pursuing contentment in a consumeristic world

The holiday where we show gratitude and express our appreciation for what we have and who we know is quickly overshadowed by a weekend of wanting, shopping and overspending.

It’s ironic to so quickly forget what we said that we are thankful for in our Instagram caption or on our Facebook status and instead search for and buy things that you didn’t even know you wanted.

Sadly, I’m not immune to this. In fact, I am having a hard time with appreciating what I have instead of focusing on what I want.

Fortunately, I am not the first, nor the last, to struggle with this. Pursuing contentment in a wanting world is no easy job, but I would like to think that it can be done. How? By drawing closer to Jesus, the only One who can satisfy our ever-thirsty hearts.

Buying things is not bad. Having a Christmas wish list is not bad. Looking to the future and saving money for something is not bad. But, when is enough enough? When will we have enough? Is there such a thing as having enough?

Even those who “have it all” want more.

This post is not meant to come to any sort of conclusion, but just to recognize and point out the fallacies that are so often mistaken as “truths” in our world.

I am beginning to look deeper into what God says about contentment and satisfaction, so here are a few truths that I came upon in my quiet time.

  • Psalm 90:14 “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
  • Psalm 107:8-9 “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
  • Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”
  • Haggai 1:6 “You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but never have enough; you drink, but never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm.”
  • Joel 2:26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.”

Dear friends, I pray that we learn to live in a way that pursues peace and contentment rather than living in want. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Love,

Jennifer

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