So what is this next help to contentment?
It isn't that profound, but then again, it is. Here it is:
Live in the moment. Live right where you're at without wishing for something different or longing for a different life. Be present where you find yourself. Live it the best way you know how. Know that where you're at is where God wants you because He has something to teach you in that situation.
I know I talked about my caregiving life in my last post (Read it here if you missed it), but I'm going to use it again as an example. If I fail to live in the moment and instead think about being a caregiver the rest of my life (which is very likely going to be decades of life left -- I'm 49) I can get overwhelmed with this thought. I'm not meant to live in the past or the future. God doesn't give us grace to live that way. We are given grace for this day. Jesus tells us to Seek The Kingdom of God and not to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself (this is found in Matthew 6).
So how do we seek the Kingdom of God in our daily lives?
First, live in the present. Experience life fully right now in this moment.
Second, love those God brings into your life today. Every interaction is orchestrated by God. Give a smile. Tell someone Merry Christmas (every time I tell someone Merry Christmas I get a smile -- often I get a surprised kind of smile -- saying Merry Christmas with a big smile takes no effort). Tell someone you're praying for them (and then pray for them). If possible tell someone Jesus loves them.
Third, love God in all you do. We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God."
Fourth, if you have worries that are making it difficult for you to live in the present, pray about them. If there's something you can do in the situation do it. And then leave it all in our Father's hands. And if it comes back into your mind, pray again. Every single time those worries enter your mind, pray. Things we are concerned about are not supposed to cripple us with worry. We instead are supposed to bring them to God. He will give peace.
Well, if you do those four things you will learn to be content. There are very likely more things I could list but nothing else comes to mind.