We always want more.
We’re always searching, working, and praying for something more. We tell ourselves that if I had that I’d be happy.
The truth is: Until we learn how to be content we will never be happy.
Contentment must be learned, and I am learning that it is priceless.
When we are content we’re peaceful, joyful, thankful, and enjoyable. When we aren’t, we’re irritable (because we aren’t satisfied), we’re anxious, worried, and on edge. We think it’s because of a circumstance or a situation, but really it’s us.
We are the reason we’re not at rest. We’re discontent. We must learn how to be content.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend, and we were discussing some things that we were dealing with. I shared with her how the Lord is dealing with me on being content. We talked about Philippians 4:11.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Whew, that is good. The keyword that stuck out to me was learned. We are not naturally content, we must learn to be content. In order to learn contentment, often we have to go without. How else can we learn to be without, without actually being without? When we don’t have those things that we think we need (and learn to be content) we learn that we really don’t need them like we thought we did.
We can be content right here right now- and thrive.
Contentment allows us to enjoy today and live in the moment, without secretly worrying about what tomorrow may bring. Contentment allows us to get on the floor and play with our children- doing whatever they want. Contentment allows us to spend time with those that we love, talk to them, visit them. We have time for them because we’re not overly busy due to our discontentment with our lives.
Contentment is priceless.
Truth is, we’re all trying to get somewhere. We all have imperfections (in ourselves and our lives), but trusting God to be God allows us to be us and enjoy the things that He has already given us. If we really pay attention, God has already given us SO MUCH.
The question is: Are we taking care of what He’s already given us? Our families, our relationships, our very souls?
Are we content with what we already have?
I encourage you to search your heart and deal with the discontentment that you find. Discontentment will never let us rest. It will always keep us working, but I’m learning that with God you don’t have to work for everything.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:4-5
Delight, commit, trust; and He shall bring it to pass.
Be content right now while you trust God to lead you to the next step. It’s worth it. You have many things to enjoy right now, but you will only see them with eyes that are content.
Let’s deal with our discontentment and learn how to be content right here right now.
Contentment is priceless.