I once did an informal survey of some friends and relatives. I asked ten of them what the most important things in life were. All of them had “happiness” at the top of their lists.
Happiness isn’t a bad goal, but it can be elusive. Happiness is hard to attain because it is largely based on outward circumstances. We work hard to remold our environment so it pleases us. Once goals are achieved and problems vanquished, we are happy. As happiness comes and goes we begin to realize that we have little control over it.
Contentment is different. Our connection to its source is something we can control and is not based on the shifting shadows of our outward environment. We can choose to be content as we tap into what is unmoveable, eternal and satisfying. Choose the true source of contentment and extract joy from Him!