Contentment is one of those virtues that we often talk about and hardly truly attain. It’s generally the idea: “ok, I’ll just live with fill in the blank .” This is more of a spirit of acquiescence than anything.
Contentment is often sought after in want. What if, we would not be content with mediocrity? What if, we are not satisfied until we ask for more of God’s grace and goodness, instead of a lukewarm, paltry request? What if we are discontent with the status quo faith when we have the power of the true and living God of the universe accessible to us? Or perhaps we don’t know Him yet and we are living life seeking total fulfillment from all this world has to offer.
We often relegate ourselves to far less than is within our grasp.
CS Lewis says it best in his book, Weight of Glory:
“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. “
We are content with making mud pies when we could go to the magnificent ocean and play in the infinite sands! We are content with being clothed in rags, instead of wearing the royal robes as child of the King.
A prayer I read this morning sums it up beautifully:
I go into a far country,
And come home a prodigal, saying “Father, forgive me”.
And yet, God is always bringing forth the best robe.
Every morning let me wear it,
Every evening let me return in it.
Let me go out to a day’s work in it,
Be married in it,
Be wound in death in it,
Enter heaven in it shining as the sun.
Grant me to never lose sight of the:
Exceeding righteousness of salvation,
Exceeding glory of Christ,
Exceeding beauty of holiness,
Exceeding wonder of grace.
Let us not be far too easily pleased!