4.07.2010

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 The Bible tells us to be content.

But, good thing for us, it calls for us to learn contentment-- not to just "have" it.

So, we all I still have a chance.

Am I content? No. Far from it. Do I desperately want to be? Yes. Absolutely. But, it's something I constantly find myself having to work at.

When I was in high school, I couldn't wait to be in college.
When I was in college, I couldn't wait to graduate.
When I was single, I couldn't wait to have a boyfriend.
When I had a boyfriend, I couldn't wait to be engaged.
When I got engaged, I couldn't wait to be married.
When I got married, I couldn't wait to have a baby...

And on and on life goes. Until, I realize, that I'm not content. I will always want something more that what I have, where I am, who I am, and etc. My very wise mother still says to me sometimes, "Don't wish your life away," and how true that bit of advice is. I shouldn't wish my life away. But, still, it's hard. It's so hard to be content.

I know, in my heart, that the Lord has given me more than I could ever need for this stage of my life. And when it is time for me to enter into a new stage, He will provide there, too, just as He has provided for every stage before. But for right now, in this moment, I must work at being content-- at being completely satisfied with the lot the Lord has dealt me (and what a gracious lot that it, because I, along with all of His children, can always live in light of the cross)...

I haven't had a huge revelation about contentment that I have come to share with you. And I really don't know what else to say, other than I am not content, and I need to be. I want to be. I sincerely desire to be content. But, only through God's grace can I be content. And oh, how this lowly, filthy, needy sinner is in need of a big God who can bring that contentment, along with so many other things...

And so, when I have nothing else to do and realize all my efforts have been in vain, I turn myself and my heart to the Word. And there, I find my hope.


"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
-Job 1:21

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
-Philippians 4:12

"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
-1 Timothy 6:6

"...be content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
-Hebrews 13:5

4 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful lesson that I'm constantly trying to remember. It is so hard to remember to sit in God's grace being thankful for what you have and to either not wish for something else or to not worry about what you have being taken away from you. I've been in the exact same shoes that you are currently in and I know what you're going through. I'm praying for you and Mat!

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  2. so true, so true. appreciate your words today my friend!

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  3. Thanks for reading, ladies. Each of you make my life better!

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