Contentment

  • April 26, 2016
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After my diving accident when I got out of the hospital, I was so tired of feeling depressed. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. After my diving accident when I got out of the hospital, I was so tired of feeling depressed. I wanted to be content in a wheelchair, but I had no idea how to muster such a feeling. Well, I soon learned contentment is not a feeling. The Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs once said that “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal.” You see, contentment reflects the condition of your spirit, and mustering it involves submitting to and delighting in God, no matter how difficult the hardships. Would you like to be content in your circumstances? Start by cultivating that sweet, inward, gracious frame of spirit by submitting to and delighting in the way God deals with you. After all, First Timothy chapter 6 says that godliness with contentment is great gain.

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