Welcome to Create Contentment!
I’m Austin Thompson and I’m glad you are here. My work is fueled by a desire to live a simple life where I take nothing for granted and grow every day.
If you are new to this blog, I write about practical habits and ideas which create contentment in our lives. Contentment – feeling happy or satisfied with your current situation – is a skill we can all learn. As Paul states in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.”
Many mistake contentment for complacency. We can still push ourselves towards goals and aspirations while being content. Rather, a contented person is not blinded by envy, greed, selfish ambition, anxiety, or regret. A contented person is free to pursue the life they were created to live without worry.
I have struggled with contentment all of my life. My focus was always on the next phase of life. Constantly thinking about how much happier I would be with the next job, hobby, trip, or gadget. I was a captive to the mindset of more. Over time, God began to reveal how discontentment was destroying many aspects of my life:
- Health. Fear of making the wrong choice and missing out on an opportunity caused anxiety.
- Finances. Buying things I didn’t need because subconsciously I thought it would bring me happiness.
- Confidence. Comparing my success to others made me feel insecure and jealous.
- Career. Incapable of appreciating my current situation, boredom hindered my performance at work.
- Relationships. An unhealthy focus on bettering myself made it challenging to find time for others, and my relationships suffered because of it.
The aspirations I thought were driving me towards success were actually keeping me from a satisfying life. Instead, God started to teach me how to pursue the passions he has given me while being satisfied in him.
As a result, I have felt less stressed, more confident, focused, and free to enjoy the life I was created to live. So I have decided to write about what I have learned and continue to learn.
Each one of us has the potential to be more content. My hope is this blog will show the Create Contentment community of the positive impact contentment can have on our lives.
There will always be struggles, difficulties, and sometimes pain in life. Being content will not change that, but contentment can bring us peace as we persevere through it.
If you are ready to start practicing contentment now, then join my free 3-day Create Contentment Challenge! Once you complete the Create Contentment Challenge, I will send weekly emails with helpful tips and insights to help you create a little more contentment in each day.
Not sure whether you need more contentment in your life? Check out this article: 5 questions to ask yourself about contentment.
All the best,
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