Contentment Character Trait Study

Contentment Principle- We need to realize that God has given us everything that we need to be happy in our present circumstances.

Ask yourself and your children these questions and see what answers you/they can come up with before you start working on contentment.  After you have spent time working on it re-ask these questions and see if your/their answers have changed.  I have listed some of the popular answers to these questions.

What is contentment?

Being happy with what we have and who we are, seeing God’s hand in our current situation, having a thankful attitude, being aware of what God has blessed us with

What are some words similar to contentment-

Fulfillment, Gratification, Satisfaction, Complacency, and Pleasure

What is the opposite of contentment-

Disappointment, Dissatisfaction, Troubled, Discomfort, and Unhappiness

What does it look like if you are not content? Wanting more, not being happy with what we have, wanting to rush on to the next thing or season of life, not being thankful to God for meeting our needs, we are disappointed and unhappy in our life

Bible Verses About Contentment

Moms study these verses on your own and with your kids.  These verses are great teaching tools throughout the day.  When you see your kid struggling with contentment you can calmly remind him about what he’s learned about contendedness and review some of the verses your family has learned.  If your children are old enough, ask them to help keep you accountable as well.  If they hear you complaining, teach them that it is okay to gently remind you about the contentment verses.

The lines in italics are the parts we focus on with our little ones.

Philippians 4:11-12

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Hebrews 13:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

1 Timothy 6:6-8

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Luke 12:15

15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Philippians 4:19

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Stories, Poems, and Quotes

Here is a list of some of the stories, poems, and quotes we have been using to teach our young ones about contentment.

“The Magic Thread” (The Book of Virtues)- Great story about a boy who is not content with where he is in life so he uses a magical thread to speed up time.  He gets to the end of his life and realizes that by not being content he missed out on his whole life.

Contentment by William Cowper- Our focus line in this poem is-

“But calm, content and peace we find, When, Lord, we turn to Thee.”

From around the web-

Focus on the Family- Kid’s of Integrity- Contentedness

Renee Swope- Cultivating Contentment with Our Kids

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