I happened to pick up Margin by Richard A. Swenson which has been on my shelf unread for a long time. I liked his chapter on contentment and this quote is from it. Italics are mine.
Contentment isn't the complacency that defeats any attempt to make things better, but instead the willingness to work tirelessly for improvement, clinging to God rather than results. It isn't a feeling of well-being contingent on keeping circumstances under control, but instead a joy that exists in spite of circumstances and looks to the God who never varies. It isn't the comfortable feeling we get when all our needs and desires are met, but instead the security in knowing, as A. W. Tozer reminds us, that "The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One." - Richard A. Swenson
I hope that someday I'll have time to write real posts instead of sharing quotes.
But my canner has been in business every day this week. Until the canner goes on a sabbatical, I'm stuck in the kitchen scrubbing pots.
And trying to build a heart of contentment.