Gaining contentment does not mean losing sorrow or saying goodbye to discomfort. Contentment means sacrificing itchy cravings to gain a settled soul. You give up one thing for another. It’s hard. Hard, but sweet. You are “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” You “have nothing, yet possess everything.” First Timothy 6:6 says, “Godliness with containment is great gain” and the gain always comes through loss.
No wonder contentment requires enormous strength!
(Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes, When God Weeps, p. 173)