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contentment |kənˈtentmənt|

noun

a state of happiness and satisfaction

ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting the payment of a claim): from French contentement, from Latin contentus (see content 1 ).

thankful |ˈθa ng kfəl|

adjective

pleased and relieved : [with clause ] they were thankful that the war was finally over | [with infinitive ] I was very thankful to be alive.

  • expressing gratitude and relief : an earnest and thankful prayer.
For our new Thanksgiving release, we are looking at the relationship between contentment and thankfulness.  One truly compels the other. To be content, is a state of being that defines one’s satisfaction and/or state of happiness with life.  Without true contentment, there can be no real thankfulness.  John Piper is well-known for his statement, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”  Whether we agree totally with the term “most,” there is great truth to the simplicity of Piper’s point.  Multiple places in Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, emphasize our joy and satisfaction is rooted in our relationship with God.  As we gain our greatest life satisfaction in drawing closer to God, in and through Jesus Christ, we keep in step with the Spirit and become more Christ-like, i.e. sanctification.   As such, if our greatest life pleasure and purpose is defined by growing closer to God, we will through God’s effective work in us reveal His greater glory in our lives.