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Ambitious Contentment II

Contentment is not a popular word, nor is it a driving desire. It is not considered a worthy goal in the current social environment.

Yet throughout history those people society considered wise stated that contentment is a worthy goal. Socrates wrote “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
 Charles Dickens wrote “cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers.”
 Some may consider contentment to be laziness yet English gold medalist runner Doug Larson wrote, “The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.”
 Society seems to consider “contentment” settling for less, giving up on victory, or failing at ambitions. It is reasonable, however, to desire a quality financial position. Providing for the basics; food on the table, clothes to wear, and the bills paid, is the beginning. Generosity and planning for the future should be a part of a quality financial position. All should attack these tasks with drive and focus, ambitiously improving our position in life.
 Problems arise in life when financial ambitions take over. Goals become viewed as necessities, driving worries. We anxiously wonder if these goals are our destination, fearing failure if not.
 This fear is akin to fear of starvation. Yet life’s ambitions do not belong on the same level as basic necessities.
 Be content with needs being met in life. Drive hard towards ambitious goals. However, do not allow those goals to cause undue stress.
 Another wise author Paul of Tarsus, divinely inspired, wrote to his protégé’ Timothy, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” (I Timothy 6:6-9)

February 3, 2010

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