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Text: Philippians 4:7-11
Occasion: Thanksgiving
Audience: Adults
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Contentment
Author: Seud O'Nimmy


Contentment comes to those whose focus is on eternal purposes.

How to Get There

  • We seek happiness in toy, trinkets and ordinary fixes.
  • We all gripe and complain about the most minor of things. Even something tiny can ruin our day. There is no contentment.
  • Contentment is not based on circumstances, on being apathetic, or complacent. Jesus wasn't apathetic, or complacent. And it isn't simply having less things.
  • Contentment is learned, and is in the heart.
  • We need to get realistic expectations about life, and bring our hidden expectations to light because we lose our contentment when those expectations we didn't even know we had are not met.
  • There will be good and bad times, but we need to give thanks for what God has done, not what we wanted God to do (Ephesians 5:20). An attitude of thanksgiving is essential to being content.
  • Don't chase the temporary, but chase what lasts and what you can't lose. Give your life to the eternal, which comes with eternal rewards.
  • Contentment is a byproduct of our focus, and what our focus should be is found in verses 7-10.

Things to Watch For

Marketing is a great way of bringing this message home to people. McDonalds for instance sells happiness in meals, but only for a few minutes. Other companies sell experiences and expectations that are never fully met, leaving us discontent.

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