All day long we are feed the message that if we want to be happy and content we will have to have what we want. In marketing it is called the “you sale.” Buy this product and you will be happy. Wear this product and you will be more attractive and self-assured. Go into debt to get a bigger or better one of these and you will find peace. You want it. Or maybe you even deserve it. You’ll be happy when you get it your way.
Then Paul comes along, claiming as he has that he had discover how to be content, and he says this:
Bring your thinking into line with one another. Here’s how to do it. Hold on to the same love; bring your innermost lives into harmony; fix your minds on the same object. Never act out of selfish ambition or vanity; instead, regard everybody else as your superior. Look after each other’s best interests, not your own. (2:2b-4)
Secret to Contentment #2: Stop trying to find contentment in self-fulfillment. You will be happiest when you serve others and pursue their best interests.