The Sweet Satisfaction of Contentment


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Wisdom to shape you attitude today:

“One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)

The contented have an advantage over the discontented – they appreciate and enjoy life more. Contentment does not depend on economic status; rather, the temperate person chooses it as a way of life. Many in the world are obsessed with the futile pursuit of satisfaction through the accumulation of stuff. Bloated with every conceivable pleasure, they are neither happy nor fulfilled. Only by choosing to be content with what one has, whether it is little or much, can a person experience happiness and peace; thus enhancing the pleasure of any given thing. So today, “Be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5b).

Other post in Honey Wisdom:

When Honey Words Kill

When Honey Words Heal

The Sweetness of Wisdom

Too Much of a Good Thing Will Make You Vomit

There’s Nothing Sweet About Seeking Your Own Glory

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5 thoughts on “The Sweet Satisfaction of Contentment

  1. Sometimes it is hard to not compare myself to others but when it comes down to it there is much for me to be grateful for. This helps put things into perspective, and I become content.

  2. La grata satisfacción del contento

    Sabiduría para formar tu actitud hoy:

    “El hombre saciado desprecia el panal de miel; pero al hambriento todo lo amargo es dulce” (Proverbios 27:7)

    Los contentos tienen una ventaja sobre los descontentos – ellos aprecian y gozan de la vida más. El contento no depende de la situación económica; sino, la persona templada lo escoja como una manera de vivir. Muchos en el mundo están obsesionados con la búsqueda fútil de satisfacción por la acumulación de cosas. Hinchados de todos los placeres concebibles, no están alegres ni realizados. Solo por preferir estar contento con lo que uno tiene, sea poco o mucho, puede una persona experimentar felicidad y paz: así realzando el placer de cualquier cosa determinada. Por lo tanto hoy, “Sean vuestras costumbres sin avaricia, contentos con lo que tenéis ahora; porque él dijo: No te desampararé, ni te dejaré;” (Hebreos 13:5)

  3. Hey dude,

    You know, Marita says I have a one tracked mind. And I guess that is true. When I read this Proverb today, my thought immediately went to “His Needs, Her Needs.” Of course, it was with a focus on my “needs.” But when someone’s “needs” are filled up by the one they are married to, that person will even loathe the honey of all those other people out there offering to fill their needs. But when the person is hungry, even the bitter tastes good.

    Of course, I’m thinking about sex. But the principle holds true when it comes to my wife’s needs for affection and emotional security as well.

    Edwin

    1. Thank you for bud. I think you highlight one of the characteristics of the proverbs… they can be applied to so many situations and context. I like how you connected this proverb back to Proverbs 5:3-4.

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