“Take My Word For It”

In this season of your life can you describe yourself in a single word that best communicates the essence of who you are now?

My word has two syllables. Like a chameleon, its meaning changes, depending on the syllable you stress. Here’s that two-faced word:


Emphasize the first syllable, and you have CON’-tent. That’s what you add to or remove from your life.

Pronounce it con-TENT', and it’s the level of satisfaction you have with what fills your mind or is kept out of it. Same word, two meanings.

Saul of Tarsus obsessed on religious laws. But Paul, same man, was high on grace saying,

“I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

By the way, what’s the opposite of content?


A mere three letters (dis) can annihilate your contentment. Identify what “dis” is, and don’t let it spoil your day. Or your life.

Help Me - Kris Kristofferson with Larry Gatlin