How Celebrating Your Accomplishments Brings Contentment

Contentment is beautiful because contentment brings joy. It’s not something that comes naturally, but something that we have to learn (Philippians 4:11). The world doesn’t help, as it seems to be set up to only deepen our discontentment. But, paradoxically, the pathway to joy comes through the avenue of contentment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To grow in contentment, many suggest grattitude — to be grateful for what you have. This is true. And also probably obvious. But I want to propose an unconventional path to contentment: Celebrating your accomplishments.

In his book, The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, Author and Pastor, Darrin Patrick, writes, “If we don’t pause to celebrate the various chapters in our life and accomplishments, then our awareness of what we’ve accomplished will become vague, and our discontentment will grow.”

We’ve all heard about the business owner who’s determined to succeed and works incessantly. They’re hungry, ambitious, driven. They’re up at 5:00am, and work past midnight. They accomplish some goals. Their business grows. They make some money. They like the taste of success, and they become addicted to it as it becomes their identity. Because it makes them feel “alive,” they can’t imagine life without it, and never seem to stop working because they don’t want to feel inadequate.

They feel like they have to keep striving, to keep doing, to keep working. On the outside, they appear noble and successful. On the inside, they may feel empty and miserable. Why? They never stop to celebrate their accomplishments. They’re afraid that if they do, they’ll become complacent and stop achieving. But this is the opposite of what is true.

The world celebrates them, but they never celebrate.

New promotion?
Business growing?
New home?

Whatever it is, stop and remember that all good things come from God (James 1:17), and respond in a celebratory fashion, glorifying God for what he’s given you, and reflecting on what God has done through you.

If we stop, pause, reflect and think about what God has done, is doing, and will do in our life, we will further be aware of his blessings, and our contentment and joy will grow.

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9 thoughts on “How Celebrating Your Accomplishments Brings Contentment

  1. Amen. As Christians, we are called not only to “put off” our old sinful nature through repentance, but also “put on” Christ-likeness by conforming more into His image. Thanks again for the reminder.

  2. I don’t mind the somewhat vacuous, ‘happy clappy’ side of godbotherers; it’s good to know religion brings some solace to its adherents.

    But I do wonder how it is that so many followers of Yahweh revel in the ‘nice’ bits but manage to blind themselves to his fundmentally vile nature. I guess they just avoid reading the more unsavoury parts (and there are so many) of the Old Testament where god commands (or even takes part in) rape, genocide, plagues, incest, slavery …

    I’m not surprised some publishers took to printing the New Testament by itself. But boy are they in trouble:
    “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life”

  3. Good stuff David. It’s so easy to look forward without taking inventory of the past. Whatever our past holds, we are a product of it……not necessarily defined by it, but molded by it. Thanks for the reminder friend,

  4. Beautiful. Not sure of the verse in Matthew but while reading this I think “…tomorrow will take care of itself”. God bless and thank you for writing with such clarity, wit and humility. Tough combo.,

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