Writing Prompts: Contentment

Part 1: Don’t Worry … Be Happy?

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Image: Stacy Reid

According to a recent Harris Poll, just 1 in 3 Americans is happy – that is, experience regular feelings of contentment and satisfaction. A majority of people are worried, upset, or dissatisfied.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

Writing Prompt

What leads you to experience contentment?


 

Part 2: Needs and Wants – Can You Tell the Difference?

When you experience a job loss, financial problems, or circumstances that threaten your life’s basic needs, your security is threatened.

But God knows your needs are different than your wants … and He offers this promise: “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Writing Prompt

Are you able to distinguish between the loss of your basic life necessities and the loss of simple wants? How do you react to each? Record Philippians 4:19 and journal about it.


 

Part 3: The Power of Discontent

There may be times when you experience a “holy discontent” as the Holy Spirit prompts you to make some needed changes. God uses restlessness in your soul to lead to transformation.

Paul puts it this way: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Writing Prompt

How might the Holy Spirit be moving in you to transform restlessness into productive action?


 

Part 4: Ten Things That Make You Unique

Did you ever wish you were more like someone else … that you possessed talents or characteristics that you don’t have?

God wants you to treasure the person He made in you. Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (ESV).

Writing Prompt

Write a list of 10 positive gifts, talents or characteristics you have that make you special and unique. What would change if you focused on how you can use your gifts instead of wanting to be someone different?


 

Part 5: The Secret About Your Contentment

The Apostle Paul, writing from a prison cell, wrote these words to the church at Philippi: “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11, ESV).

This from a man who had been chased, chained, attacked, stoned, starving, dirty, rejected, mocked … even shipwrecked. Paul’s words point out a hidden truth about contentment: it may not come naturally, but it can be learned.

Writing Prompt

What have you learned about contentment … and what have you yet to learn?