“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else.”Ecclesiastes 6:9, GNT
The first step in becoming a content person is to stop comparing your life to everyone else’s.
You also must learn to admire without needing to acquire. You need to learn to rejoice in other people’s prosperity without getting jealous and envious, feeling like you must have what they have.
This is one of the great biblical principles that many people don’t understand. The truth is, you don’t have to own it to enjoy it! Maybe you like to vacation in the mountains. Why buy a mountain cabin when you can just rent one every year?
The word “covet” in Greek means “to grab or to grasp so tightly that your hands are tight; you can’t even let it go.” If God ever gives you something and tells you to give it away, but you can’t, you don’t own it – it owns you.
God is not saying you should never desire things. After all, nothing can be accomplished unless you desire to do it. You can’t become more like Christ without desiring to become more like Christ. But when you desire to be like someone else, to have what they have, you will always want more. Why? Because God didn’t make you to be like someone else, he wants you to be you.
To have a content life, stop comparing your looks, your house, your job, your kids, and your education to that of others. Find ways to be thankful for what God has already given you.