Contentment, ambition, status quo, drive, driven, satisfaction, jealousy, achievement, desire, coveting, acceptance, rejection, dream, goal. Each of these words relates to motivation and to varying degrees provokes an internal reaction. Are they good things? Are they productive? Are they allowed? Does it depend on the circumstances?
Truthfully, it is easier to have belief based on what we think we are supposed to believe than on belief we have adequately founded and thought through. As a result, we tend to live conflicted – on the one hand challenged, on the other restricted, and for the most part frustrated.
Abraham Maslow, creator of the Maslow hierarchy of needs pyramid, said, “What a man can be, he must be.”
Socrates on the other hand said, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
And the writer of Hebrews challenged “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you [Hebrews 13:5, 6].”
How do you regulate your contentment?
Is there such a thing as holy discontent?
In regard to the attitude of your motivation, how would you describe your approach toward life?
Your life is being determined by the working out of these internal motivators.
Assess what motivates you.