First Baptist Church of Herndon

681 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170-4722, Phone 703-437-3620

Chasing Contentment

Linda Soller | Oct 07, 2019


We scurry about to the office, running errands, taking the kids here and there, attending meetings, posting to social media, etc. On the one hand we don’t have a choice and on the other we think the chaos necessary to be content. They don’t call it the “rat race” for nothing. But does all of it really bring you contentment?


Many of us who grew up in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s had opportunities our parents only dreamed of. New technology allowed us to see possibilities and dream big. Our children had even more, because it was what we wanted for them.  Technology continued to expand and get faster. Now things seem to be in easy reach, and the days of waiting and longing are gone. The days of immediate gratification are here. But where is the ever-elusive contentment? Commercials and retailers of all types will tell you it’s just one purchase away.


Contentment is defined as happiness and satisfaction. Satisfaction with what you have, where you are, and who you are. In Paul’s letters to Timothy in the Bible, he warns people of the pitfalls for chasing contentment. He points out the lure of the material world. Paul was not condemning people for wanting things or success but warning them of knowing when to be content.


What if you could start your race again? Would you say to yourself I am in a good place and satisfied? Could you find the joy in little things and simple pleasures? Would you regularly tell your family and friends how much they mean to you? Would you share so others might experience even a small portion of what you have? Would you pause long enough to recognize contentment?


Have a great week! :o) Linda