According to my trusty source (okay, Wikipedia) “Contentment is the experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one’s situation.” I used to think it was happiness, but I soon realised that happiness is a mood that changes when hormones and situations do. It’s being comfortable in your own skin and your circumstances. Contentment does not flee when the going gets tough, but it also doesn’t make us immune to pain and difficulty. It’s the knowledge that you are, for the moment, where you need to be – where you are called to be.
IN John’s gospel, Jesus says ‘I came that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest’ – that is contentment. Living life to the full, and living life to the full includes the not so nice parts we would rather avoid. Not denying that we would rather avoid them but holding onto the hope that things will get better. It’s the life described in Ecclesiastes. With time to, grow, reap, sow, grieve and dance. Time to live and time to die.
As for me…I’m beginning to be contented, and I hope it comes to you.