They’re synonyms, but we reflect the differing meanings in our posture.
Satisfied – “happy and finished.” You’ve taken action, you’ve gotten uncomfortable, and you’ve accomplished your goals. You are ready to rest on your laurels.
Content – “happy but still laboring.” You’ve started, you’re improving, but you haven’t arrived. You’re still hungry and you’re not ready to pat yourself on the back.
When you strive for satisfaction, you begin to look for an end. And when there is an end to your work, you allow yourself to think about cutting corners to get there. Instead, try working towards contentment. You’ll be okay with realizing your work is never done. That realization will give you the energy to put out your best work day after day.
This indicates “journey” orientation vs. destination orientation. The journey continues until we depart the earth. So in this equation are things like “the mean time”, and “waiting”, and questioning. Do we actually trust we will “get there”? And… where is that?
When we zero in on the truth that we are journeying , and particularly when we decide to journey with God, we need not wonder if we’re going to get there, but we might struggle, and wonder if we’re doing enough, or doing it right. This is where faith needs to be exercised.
Will we trust that even with our bumblings, detours, and even failures along the way, that we will indeed reach the goal… the goal? Journey well, He will continue to lead. As long as we continue to follow, we remain candidates for all that God has for us.
Hebrews 11:1-2 The Message (MSG)
Faith in What We Don’t See
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”