Sometimes I envy my calico cat.
Often when I glance at her while she sleeps, I think she epitomizes the picture of contentment.
She may be curled up in a ball or stretched out all over the place, but she sleeps soundly and peacefully with no stress or worries in her itty bitty kitty brain.
Her daily needs and requirements are met:
- Crunchy fishy food? Check
- Bowl of fresh water? Check
- Warm spot to sleep? Check
- People to love? Check
- Toys to play with? Check
- Occasional jaunt to the outside world? Check
- Place for doing business? Check
If there’s something missing in her estimation, be it food or attention, she’ll definitely let us know. But really, kitty doesn’t ask for much.
She’s content as can be in her little world. She doesn’t want the newest kitty toy on the market or a cute little bed in which to sleep. She doesn’t care if she gets Fancy Feast cat food or good old reliable Meow Mix.
How vastly different we humans are. We may have enough food and drink, a warm place to call home and people to love us, but we never seem to be content. We’re gluttonous to satisfy ourselves in all things.
We never seem to have enough food (Supersize it!); we never think we have a nice enough house (Move to a better neighborhood!); and we never think we have enough money. (Get a better paying job!)
We never think we have enough stuff (Charge it!); we’re never satisfied with our cars (Buy a new one with all the bells and whistles!), or electronics, vacations, clothes, hairstyles…. (And the list goes on!) We’re not even content with our bodies. (Have plastic surgery!)
When is enough enough? Why do we always want more?
If you look up the definition of content in the dictionary, you’ll discover it means “satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.” Contentment is the state of being content, being satisfied, having ease of mind. It really does not describe our society today, does it?
In our fallen world, we’ve bought into the lie that we never have enough. We accumulate stuff, we spend money we don’t really have, and still the desire for more, more, more possesses us. I think it’s as hideously ugly as cancer cells rapidly spreading their way through a human body consuming it.
We will always struggle with being satisfied until we fill up that cavernous hole inside of us with something that will fulfill us to the point of not wanting anything else. I truly believe the only thing that can quench our insatiable thirst for more is a personal relationship with Jesus.
When we come to know Him, really know Him as Lord and Savior, He fills us up. The Apostle Paul explained this in Philippians 4:11-13 when he wrote: “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
He also gave us wise advice on this subject in 1 Timothy 6:6-7: “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.”
Likewise, scripture tells us in Hebrews 13:5-6: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’ ”
At the end of this life, it won’t matter what we have, what will matter is how we allowed Jesus to fill our empty cups to overflowing. When we make Him Lord of our lives, we literally exude Him to others.
What have we done to further God’s Kingdom? Do we reach out to those in need (financial, physical, emotional or spiritual) or think only of ourselves?
Do we share our Source (Jesus Christ) of contentment with those who don’t know Him or not want to step out of our comfort zones? Do we use what earthly gain we may have been granted to help others or use it to satisfy ourselves?
Do we follow the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us in Matthew 22:37: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
That’s what I desire in my book of Opportunity, Chapter 3, Page 26 – to follow Jesus’ commandments until my cup overflows. I want to be as content as a calico calmly cat-napping on a couch. How about you?