As we approach Thanksgiving this week, I had one thought that I wanted to share. One tension that I often experience and realize that living in one extreme or the other is not a healthy way to resolve the tension we feel.
Goals vs Contentment.
If you really break down the true essence of a “goal” – you could just say “more”. Goals are our way of saying we want more. We believe more is available. We think if we can achieve more, that it will result in a future outcome that we think is better than our current reality.
The positive side of GOALS is a driven person who accomplishes great things.
The negative side of GOALS is that is can mask our insatiable envy and greed for more.
If you really break down the true essence of “containment” – you could just say “enough”. Contentment at its root is an attitude of having enough. I have enough money. I have enough joy in my family. I have enough success in my job. Enough is often associated with having peace.
The positive side of CONTENTMENT is a true peace no matter where we happen to be in life.
The negative side of CONTENTMENT is that people use it as an excuse to settle and give up on what God might have for their future.