Contentment vs. Covetousness Realizing that true happiness does not depend on favorable conditions If you can’t be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped. Contentment is knowing that you deserve worse than what you have. Contentment is the realization that what you have is because of others that have given. Contentment is the ability to find treasure in what you have vs. what you don’t have. We in America are not content with our lot, until it’s a lot more. We like to have: A better paying Job. The authority of a boss. The best home. The best car. The best body. The best food. And we want it NOW! It’s right to be content with what you have, but never with who you are. This leaves room for improvement in character. When Rockefeller was asked how much is enough, his response was, “a little bit more.” What is wrong with this statement? It breeds greed. It breeds power and control. It shows that he is not content with what he has. It shows insecurity. It shows covetousness. The best way for a person to be content, is to count their blessings and not their: $ When we can’t find contentment in ourselves, it’s useless to seek anywhere else. It is who you are, not what you have. It is a peace from within, not what this world can give you. Do not think to be content at the end of life’s journey, if you are not content now. All the stuff in the middle builds character. Contentment must come at the beginning of life. Hope for the best, and love what you’ve got. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones's, they’re in way over their heads too. The main secret behind contentment, is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all interest in the things beyond your reach. A new way of thinking. You live in a 1200 square foot house with three rooms and one bath. The house has very little pictures or paintings, but lots of old things from the family. You would like to build a new home with more baths and rooms. You want a garage and new cabinets in the kitchen. You have two children that are happy and have fond memories in their play room. One day you come home from work and find that your house has been burnt down to the ground. Your two children were just trying to start a fire in the stove, and they never made it out. How thankful would you be if you could get what you had back? Contentment is not found in wealth, or poverty. Both have been tried, both have failed. What are you content with as you go through life? Write it down. You get a We are born job, you are content with content What? with? As a youth, I now am content with what? You get a degree, you are content with? You get married, you are content with? You retire, you are content with? You have a child, you are content with? Group You are dying, and you are content with? You have grandchildren, you are content with?