Contentment can be an elusive state. For me, my contentment usually ebbs and flows. I believe that contentment is a choice. In contrast, peace is a gift from God.
Seven times the Bible commands us to be content.
What are the tools needed to ascend the mountain? Boots are required for the arduous climb. Your feet must be firmly entrenched in the knowledge that God is sovereign and omniscient. You will need the strong rope of His loving presence because He will never leave you or forsake you. Of course, you will need a pick (the Word of God) so that you can dig into the solid rock on your ascent. Your canteen must be filled from the icy cold well of living water. Your clothing should be layered so that you can adapt to changing temperatures. I have found that with the Lord nothing remains static. Often unexpected twists and turns occur during the climb.
Last you will need to carry the flag named contentment to plant on the top of the mountain. The good news is that the flag of contentment traveled with you along the entire journey up the mountain. It was in your backpack even when you slipped and stumbled. Contentment was always hidden deep inside with your other gear. You just had to reach in and grab hold of it.
The Lord puts different mountains in each of our lives. It then becomes our choice what we do with them. I hope that I can be like Paul and say that I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.