Are you content? Satisfied as you live your days? Your life? Like me, you’ve probably experienced a season of discontent at some time in your life. Maybe more than one season. Maybe several. Recently. Right now.
You may feel discontent about your work, your colleagues, your home, your kids, your relationships, your income … your anything and everything. Oh, what you’d give to be content.
But, here’s what I’ve learned. Until you and I take our eyes off of ourselves, stare into your One Hope, and surrender our personal and circumstantial preferences to God’s, we cannot live into our pre-determined purpose–what we were uniquely created to be and do. And until we do that, we will not truly be content.
Pay special attention today to your attitude. Are you content? If not, write down why you may not be experiencing contentment now.
Content Not Ungrateful
Sadly, there have been many times in my life when I’ve held the attitude of discontent yet actually believed I was grateful. In fact, it’s kind of like mixing oil and water. In one breath I thanked God for all my blessings, for his sacrifice, love, and mercy, and for all that he had given and provided. In the next, I would tell the Lord how dissatisfied I was or complain about what I didn’t have, asking why things weren’t changing and pleading for him to do something about it.
Then, one morning the Holy Spirit answered me. I guess he figured I’d griped about as much as one person possibly could. He revealed he was not going to move me from the place where I was until I accepted that no matter where he had me … it was good.
Not because of my circumstances. But because he was with me. In my very breath. Always.
Take a few minutes to be still and breathe deeply. As you do, remember who gives you your very breath.
Be Content. Discontent Keeps You Stuck, Walking In Circles
Remember how the Israelites complained to Moses about their circumstances even as he led them to the Promised Land? Because of their dissatisfaction and grumbling, they walked in circles and most of them well, their bodies were scattered over the desert. (1 Corinthians 10:5)
This is why Paul shares these cautionary words in 1 Corinthians 10:10:
We must be careful not to stir up discontent, discontent destroyed them.
And, in Hebrews 12:15:
Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent.
Like the Israelites, discontent keeps us stuck and turning in circles. We want to chase our dreams and live purpose-driven lives, but instead, our attitude of discontent keeps us chasing our tails.
God doesn’t mind our questions. In fact, in my life (and I’m thinking yours, too) he has proven to be quite patient with me and willing to answer them. But he certainly doesn’t like a complainer. Who does?
After all, it’s only through God’s grace that we’re given the freedom to choose one of two responses.
- Discontent or
- Contentment; loving the place he has us.
That’s it. Those are our choices. What will you choose?
Each day and each moment we make choices. Will you choose to be content?
How To Love The Place Where You Are
So, practically speaking, how can you be content with the less-than wonderful circumstances you find yourself in?
Be joyful always. Pray continually.
Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Sounds good. But, how do you do this?
- By intentionally shifting focus from your situation and yourself to Christ.
Knowing and recalling scripture will help you do this and keep you mindful of his presence as you do.
Then, when you are tempted to grumble about your circumstances, bring this or another scripture to mind so you shift your focus to Christ and pray with thanksgiving instead. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and remind you and that this becomes your new habit.
As you do, you’ll experience the joy of being content. You will begin to love the place where you are … because you’re with him.
What must change for you to be content? Are you willing to make that change?
Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. When you are tempted to grumble or find you are discontent speak from your heart the truth of God’s word. Give thanks for his presence wherever you are.
Listen To Your HeartSong
I’ve written on the topic of contentment before. If you like this writing, you may be interested in checking out this article, too!
Are you content or discontent? I invite you to share your comments below. And if you’re ready to discover your God-designed purpose so you can live your most content and fulfilling life I’d be honored to talk with you about taking your HeartSong Journey with me. Contact me here for more information or to schedule your complimentary Discovery Consultation.