Augustine of Hippo
God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.
If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a glass slipper on a gouty foot.
Whoever is not satisfied with Christ alone, strives after something beyond absolute perfection.
There are two ways to get enough: One is to accumulate more and more, the other is to desire less.
True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world-and might be even more difficult to save.
Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.
Aren’t you like me, hoping that some person, thing, or event will come along to give you that final feeling of inner well-being you desire? Don’t you often hope: “May this book, idea, course, trip, job, country, or relationship fulfill my deepest desire.” But as long as you are waiting for that mysterious moment, you will go on running helter-skelter, always anxious and restless, always lustful and angry, never fully satisfied. You know that this is the compulsiveness that keeps us going and busy but at the same time makes us wonder whether we are getting anywhere in the long run. this is the way to spiritual exhaustion and burnout. This is the way to spiritual death.
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
John D. Rockefeller was once asked how much money it would take to be really satisfied. He answered, “Just a little bit more!”
Andrew M. Davis
It is no stretch to say that the Lord may orchestrate amazingly challenging circumstances for you and your family for the primary purpose of giving your supernatural hope and Christian contentment a platform. As despairing lost people look on and see a buoyant peace and joy that is not based on favorable earthly circumstances but rather on faith in Christ, they will ask “you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15). That hope shines most brilliantly when earthly circumstances are darkest, and the rare jewel of Christian contentment is a radiant source of that light.
The Power of Christian Contentment, Baker Publishing Group, 2019, p.22.
Andrew M Davis
Christian contentment does not mean that we passively accept afflicting circumstances, making no effort to improve our situation. Neither does it mean laying down for injustice in this world.
The Power of Christian Contentment, Baker Publishing Group, 2019, p.26.
Real contentment must come from within. You and I cannot change or control the world around us, but we can change and control the world within us.
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