Contentment is a state of mind, not a state of being. Paul learned to be content in extremely difficult situations. He even instructed slaves to be content with their lot in life and said that if anyone taught differently, they were proud, ignorant causers of strife! He said to "withdraw from them." Those are strong words that most people would disagree with today. But true contentment is not found in circumstances; our joy is found in a person who is always the same. Therefore, our joy should be constant.