I have learned to be content and I have learned to be content in all things. Learning to be content in all things no matter what your situation is very difficult. Anyone can say “I have learned to be content” but as soon as some hardship comes their way they start complaining, moaning, and blaming other people as to why things are not going their way.
I have wrote about choosing to be happy you can click here to read my blog on that. But once you have learned to be content in all things then you have mastered life. Because life is going to happen to you, sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes horrific. And sometimes they will be things that you can control and sometimes they will be things that you cannot control. And if you allow those things to jack up your whole way of being then not only are you NOT content but you are allowing the world around you to dictate your mood and how you feel about your life.
As Christian’s God calls us to be in the world but not of the world (click here to read my blog). God never promises that because we are Christians that everything is always going to go our way and nothing bad is never going to happen to us. In fact if you read the Bible most people that are of God have faced some type of hardship one way or the next. So to think that just because you are Christian you are exempt from this when many people who have come before you were not exempt from life then you are sadly mistaken.
Now before I got off on a tangent I want to discuss the root of how to be content in all things.
“For I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation.” Philippians 4-11-12
Be Content in all Things by Trusting God
The key to learning how to be content in all things is that you have to trust to God. Even if you are in a bad situation you must know that you trust God, that He will bring you through a bad situation, or that the bad situation you are in is for a reason. People tend to have trouble being content in the bad situations because they fear the unknown. But fear is not perfected in love (read my blog here).
If you know that God loves you, then know that everything will work out according to His plan. And also know that God’s plan may not be your plan. In fact it may be the opposite of your plan. And if you freak out because things are happening to you that you did not expect then you are saying that you do not trust God. Because nothing that is happening to you is surprises God, He already knew it was coming.
You will start to worry and have anxiety over why things are happening to you and subconsciously you are telling God that you do not trust what He is doing or do not trust Him to get you out of whatever it is that you are going through.
So what we have learned here is being content and trusting God goes hand and hand. Because as long as you have trust in God even if things are bad you will be content because you know what God wants the best for you and not the worse and if He is allowing something to happen then it is for a reason.
So an affirmation that you have to tell yourself is I have learned to be content because I trust God unconditionally no matter what I am going through or what situation I am in. Good or bad.
Be Content in all Things By Not Letting Outside Things Influence you.
I say this so many times in my blog. I talked about this in my daddy issues blog (click here), my people talking behind your back blog (click here), and my accepting the things I cannot change blog (click here). You cannot control other people you can control yourself. You cannot control how people treat you, what they do to you, or what happens to you (to an extent that is). So if you cannot control it then why allow it to steal your joy.
You cannot be controlled by outside things because if that is the case you will always be affected by something and you will always be discontent about something. So instead of sitting there being down about things that you cannot control just choose to ignore them and choose to be content anyway.
Be Content In All Things By Realizing things are not that bad.
You could be sitting here right now with $0 in your back account wondering where your next meal is coming from. Even though that is bad I can show you somebody in the world that does not even have a back account and has not eaten in 3 days. If you think that is bad I can show you someone that has it even worse.
Learning to be content means that you must learn that you have to choose to be thankful for what you do have no matter what you situation is, because more than likely there is someone out there that has it ten times worse and would LOVE to be in your position and would love to have what you have. So be thankful for what you do have and also try to improve upon what you do have instead of focusing what you don’t.
Be Content in All Things By Learning To Control Your Mouth
Your words have power (click to read my blog). If you are always negative speaking about how much things suck then that is what your life is going to be. A bunch of things that suck because that is what you are speaking into existence. If you chose to speak positive and speak positive things into existence then things can change for you.
Saying things like yeah it may not be great now but it will be, gives you hope. And it gives you the trust in God that things will get better. But complaining about it, getting angry about it, and always speaking crazy about it will not do anything but make you a negative person. Which is the opposite of content. So watch your tongue and learn to be content with that you say out of your mouth. For what comes out of the mouth is what is in the heart (click to read my blog).
Learn to be content in all things. It is possible and once you learn it you will see how things start to turn around for you. Do not be easily swayed by your emotion, but be stable, clear headed, and content. No matter what your situation.