It began with this verse:
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (Phil 4:11)
Now that in of itself speaks volumes. L.B Cowman, the author of "Streams in the Desert," expounded on contentment better than I ever could and shares a little story, so I'll let you read his work.
"Paul, denied of every comfort, wrote the above words in his dungeon. A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it cold not stand erect and have as fine a fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac; and so on all through the garden. Coming to a heartsease, he found its bright face lifted as cherry as ever. 'Well heartsease, I'm glad amidst all this discouragement, to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened. ' 'No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted and oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one; but as I knew you wanted a heartsease, I am determined to be the best little heartsease that I can.'"
Others may do a greater work,
But you have your part to do;
And no one in all God's heritage
Can do it so well as you.
"They who are God's without reserve, are in every state content; for they will only what He wills, and desire to do for Him whatever He desires them to do; they strip themselves of everything, and in this nakedness find all things restored a hundredfold."
Conclusion: God has designed everyone of us for a specific purpose and reason; just like the heartsease flower: He wanted us just the way we are. He has planed out every aspect of our lives and we must learn to be content in the here and now. Truth is, if we never learn to be content where He has placed us, doing what He designed us to do, we will never learn to be happy later. True happiness and joy can only come from Him. When we thrive in Him, doing what we were created for; love God and enjoy Him forever, then will we be content.