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How to live contented and worry free

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Living a long life may include a lifestyle of faith, moderation, keeping busy and enjoying life but the key element to living a long life is living worry free. That doesn’t mean you don’t have problems is just means as Paul says to “be content in all things”.

 

 

Tips to living contented

  • Fill your mind with faith and you’ll break worry habit because faith overcomes fear. When you are challenged with fear repeat three times “I believe”.
  • Cut off problems in smaller bits one at a time. Don’t try to attack too much at one time. Get some small victories behind you.
  • Pray “Today is yours Lord, me, my day, and my family. As long as I’m in your hands all will be good”.
  • Allow only positive conversation and don’t participate in any negative or worrying conversation.
  • Think good thought and allow no room for worry. Philippians 4:8 – think on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence and what is worthy of praise.
  • Surround yourself with positive, hopeful people and contented people.
  • The imagination is powerful. Visualize an image of yourself free from self-defeating thoughts.

Tips to end worry

  • Start your day: spend fifteen minutes first thing in the morning filling your mind with God. See yourself living in partnership and friendship with Jesus.
  • Throughout the day: when you find worries creeping in say “he is with me” and think on the beautiful things with faith.
  • End your day: empty your mind of accumulated thoughts, worries and fears that obstruct mental flow and spiritual power. Believe your mind is free and thank God for freeing you from worry and fear.

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Attitude Challenge:

Make a list of things that challenge your contented attitude. Pray over these and ask the Holy Spirit to help you give them to Him. Now that you’re aware of what can disturb your contentment you can keep an eye on those things and avoid them.

Books on contented living

Enjoy Where You Are on the Way to Where You are Going, Joyce Meyer
Strait Talk on Stress, Joyce Meyer
Peaceful Living in a Stressful World, Ronald Hutchcraft
Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach
The Secret of Contentment, William B Barcley

Bible verses to meditate on

Philippians 4:11 – Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (NLT)

Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV)

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (ESV)

1 Timothy 6:6-8 – 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. (NIV)

Philippians 4:12 – 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. (NIV)

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Contentment is a choice

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aquarium-busch gardens 640“There are very few things in the mind which eat up as much energy as worry. It is one of the most difficult things not to worry about anything. Worry is experienced when things go wrong, but in relation to past happenings it is idle merely to wish that they might have been otherwise. The frozen past is what it is, and no amount of worrying is going to make it other than what it has been. But the limited ego-mind identifies itself with its past, gets entangled with it and keeps alive the pangs of frustrated desires. Thus worry continues to grow into the mental life of man until the ego-mind is burdened by the past.

Worry is also experienced in relation to the future when this future is expected to be disagreeable in some way. In this case it seeks to justify itself as a necessary part of the attempt to prepare for coping with the anticipated situations. But, things can never be helped merely by worrying. Besides, many of the things which are anticipated never turn up, or if they do occur, they turn out to be much more acceptable than they were expected to be.

Worry is the product of feverish imagination working under the stimulus of desires. It is a living through of sufferings which are mostly our own creation. Worry has never done anyone any good, and it is very much worse than mere dissipation of psychic energy, for it substantially curtails the joy and fullness of life.”

― Meher Baba, Discourses

A Contented attitude

P1040938What is contentment?

Paul says in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Does that mean we are satisfied staying where we are? No, contentment means we can be happy or content, not full of stress and worry, whatever our circumstances. We find joy not just in our great heights but in the ordinary and in desperation as well. God wants us happy just traveling through our journey. Joyce Meyer says tells us to enjoy our journey from where we are now to where God is taking us.

Contentment isn’t passive, it’s accompanied by Godliness. It comes from being in right relationship with God and as first Timothy 6:6 says “true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” This means that God will bless us for just being there in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, using us to build relationships with trust and strength. We can be leaders even when we’re not in charge by affecting those around us with a good attitude.

 

P1010479What happens when we live discontented?

Unrestrained discontentment leads numerous mental and physical problems. Discontentment which results from believing we deserve more or better than we have creates a nasty attitude in us. The truth is none of us would want what we justly deserve without Jesus. Discontentment is an expression of mistrust and it dishonors God. Discontentment breeds insecurity, jealousy, strife, greed and worry.

A major problem with discontentment is worry. What is worry – a destructive mental habit which leads to numerous health problems. It is the most destructive disease. Many physical ailments are caused by dammed up anxiety and worry including arthritis, hypertension and ulcers.

 

P1010479 - CopyWhen is discontentment beneficial?

Discontentment that doesn’t come from wanting so much that it eats us from the inside out comes from our heart through God. It’s what inspires greatness; it inspires an extraordinary life in Jesus. As John Eldredge explains in Desire: the journey we must take to find the life God offers

In the quiet moments of the day we sense a nagging within, a discontentment, a hunger for something else. But because we have not solved the riddle of our existence, we assume that something is wrong—not with life, but with us…

We feel guilty about our chronic disappointment. Why can’t I just learn to be happier in my job, in my marriage, in my church, in my group of friends? You see, even while we are doing other things, “getting on with life,” we still have an eye out for the life we secretly want…

Even though we sleep, our desire does not. “It is who we are.” We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it. Desire fuels our search for the life we prize. The same old thing is not enough. It never will be.

Discontentment may be the voice of God telling us it’s time to change something in our lives or to be a benefit to others. Discontentment may lead us to do something great for Him. In the correct perspective it is a good thing and can transform our lives and the lives of those we touch.

A Prayer for Contentment

Lord, help us to pray every day to count our blessings and to recognize that all we have comes from you.

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Other posts in this series: A Contented Attitude

How to live contented and worry free
Quotes on Contentment and Worry

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Attitude links
Introduction to Attitudes

Attitudes of the mind:
A Positive Attitude (negativity)
A Confident Attitude (insecurity)
A Contented Attitude (discontented)
A Patient Attitude (impatient)

Attitudes of the heart:
A Joyful Attitude (discouraged)
A Kind and Caring Attitude (selfish)
A Courageous Attitude (fearful)
A Determined Attitude (quitting, distracted)

Attitudes of the spirit:
A Hopeful Attitude (hopelessness)
A Humble Attitude (proud)
A Trusting Attitude (doubt, double minded)
A Peaceful Attitude (frustrated, anxious)

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Content With What I Have

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Contentment and Longing

100_4994Excerpt from The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge

The whole life of the good Christian,” said Augustine, “is a holy longing.” Sadly, many of us have been led to feel that somehow we ought to want less, not more. We have this sense that we should atone for our longings, apologize that we feel such deep desire. Shouldn’t we be more content? Perhaps, but contentment is never wanting less; that’s the easy way out. Anybody can look holy if she’s killed her heart; the real test is to have your heart burning within you and have the patience to enjoy what there is now to enjoy, while waiting with eager anticipation for the feast to come. In Paul’s words, we “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly” (Rom. 8:23). Contentment can only happen as we increase desire, let it run itself out toward its fulfillment, and carry us along with it.

There may be times when all we have to go on is a sense of duty. But in the end, if that is all we have, we will never make it. Our Hero is the example. He’s run on before us and he’s made it; he’s there now. His life assures us it can be done, but only through passionate desire for the joy set before us.