Contentment Does Not Come Naturally

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Ads bombard us with new tech gadgets, fashion statements, and phone plans. Is it possible to cultivate contentment in a world that tells us we need more? Writers and speakers Nancy Guthrie, Melissa Kruger, and Jen Wilkin define contentment from a biblical perspective and list practical ways to pursue satisfaction in Christ.

Nancy Guthrie is a writer, speaker, and author of Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow. Melissa Kruger is the Women's Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and author of The Envy of Eve. Jen Wilkin is a speaker, teacher of women's Bible studies, and the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. 

Melissa, Nancy, and Jen each defined contentment. Melissa likened contentment to a tree planted by a river, which is a comparison often found in Scripture. Nancy specified that contentment isn’t based in our circumstances, but in Christ. Jen noted the role of the Ten Commandments in contentment.   

How did Melissa, Nancy, and Jen define contentment? What stood out about their definitions? Why?
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Why does comparison rob us of contentment? Have you seen comparison jeopardize your satisfaction in Christ in your life? If so, how? If not, what prevented the comparison game from taking over?
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Melissa, Nancy, and Jen shared what distracts them from finding satisfaction in Jesus. What distractions or desires prevent you from contentment? How do they distract you?
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Jen said we should limit desire-enhancing sources, like TV or social media. What desire-enhancing sources do you see in your life? What might it look like to limit your intake of these sources?
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How could you exercise contentment this week? What could you avoid or replace to keep your focus on Christ?
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Choosing contentment is a continual battle. Jesus strengthens us so we can find our joy in Him. Plant yourself in Christ—He will sustain you and satisfy you. When comparison and distractions creep in, remember Jesus and trust Him.  

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