Contentment is not merely one act, just a flash in a good mood. You may find men and women who, if they are in a good mood, will be very quiet. But this will not hold. It is not a constant course. It is not the constant tenor of their spirits to be holy and gracious under affliction. Now I say that contentment is a quiet frame of spirit and by that I mean that you should find men and women in a good mood not only at this time or that, but as the constant tenor and temper of their hearts. A Christian who, in constant tenor and temper of his heart, can carry himself quietly with constancy has learned this lesson of contentment. Otherwise his Christianity is worth nothing, for no one, however furious in his discontent, will not be quiet when he is in a good mood.
~Jeremiah Burroughs The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (published in 1648)
March 13, 2011
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment