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The Truth About Contentment and Business



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BUSINESS FOCUS: Business Environment & Culture

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The secret to great gains in business is tucked away in contentment powered by Jesus.

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To be content is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible, especially for leaders who are ambitious or otherwise feel called to have a tremendous impact in the World.

The dictionary defines “content” as:

  • a state of peaceful happiness, and
  • a state of satisfaction.

The Bible says:

“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment.” 1 Timothy 6:6

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When you are in pursuit of ‘building a business and a brand that is worthy of your purpose,’ words like peaceful, happiness and satisfaction may seem to contradict your desire to excel, achieve more, acquire more, conquer more, and be blessed with more.

Here’s the thing: God’s Word says He wants you to be in perfect peace, anxious for nothing, and always thinking on things that are noble, excellent, praiseworthy.

The Word of God also says there is great gain in godliness with contentment. This gain is not limited to salvation. Contentment also leads to great gains in our careers and businesses. {{{{Here’s more good news: Business gains inspired by Godly contentment have a lasting impact on business culture and productivity. We unpack this truth in the FaithFocusFlow® Leaders program.}}}} 

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Let’s dig into 3 Bible-based principles that teach business gains through being content:

1. Principle #1: Seek to align your vision, mission, goals, and objectives with the will of God when developing your plans. Be guided by glorifying God, not impressing human beings.

  • The Truth. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
  • Put the Truth Into Action. Ask yourself, what is God’s will for my business, the people we serve, my family and myself? Let your plans be based on your answer.
  • Be Content. Know that God wants His work to be completed here on earth as it is in heaven. So, when you seek Him first, you will win. Period.

2. Principle #2: Know that God is present in every situation you encounter. Take time to find Him, so you’ll learn the lesson(s) He has integrated into what you are experiencing.

  • The TruthAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
  • Put the Truth Into Action. In the first principle, you got aligned with God’s will for your life and work. Now, rest in the truth that everything happening around you (regardless of whether it feels too fast or too slow) is working for your good and in God’s perfect timing.
  • Be Content. Be anxious or impatient for nothing, continue to seek God’s will and purpose in your daily actionsand trust God to bless the Work of your hands.

3. Principle #3: Trust God to make up for any lost time and find contentment in knowing that He will do it.

  • The Truth. I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. Joel 2:25
  • Put the Truth Into Action. Do not make any decision solely to “speed up” a process. Seek the God, listen to his instruction, do what He says when he says it, and know His timing is the perfect timing (and that if any time is lost, God will make it up). 
  • Be Content. Trust that regardless of where you think you should be right now, if you are consulting God and seeking His will, you are right on time. And, even if you make a decision that seemingly takes you off course, God will restore any years lost.

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Life is a journey, business is a process, and legacy-building impact takes times. God wants you to be content while on the journey to your next level, even while you are intensely and aggressively training like a world-class athlete to WIN in everything.

Thankfully, God’s Word provides a blueprint to help you simultaneously enjoy the peace of being content and the rewards of pursuing excellence (not perfection): 

  • Seek God’s will, first.
  • Trust that all things are working for your good.
  • Believe that God will make up any lost time.

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TC Cooper, Founder of the FaithFocusFlow® Institute for Character and Leadership

One Response to “The Truth About Contentment and Business

  • Thank you for this post and clarifying the meaning of being content!

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