6.25.2014

Struggling with Contentment

If I am just being honest here, sometimes I struggle with being content.

I can sit in an air conditioned home (that my husband lovingly provides for me and our two healthy, growing, sweet children) while looking at articles on my (almost) brand new iPhone 4s or my (very) new MacBook Air laptop while watching one of the 478,391 channels we subscribe to on our 40" television while sitting on our new couch or our Pottery Barn rug, and I can be DISCONTENT.

What the heck is wrong with me?!

I see other people and things they are doing or things their spouses or children are doing, and I compare my life to theirs. I wish for things they have or places they get to go or houses they get to live in. I let bitterness sneak its way into my heart like a deadly smoke that smothers my desire to be thankful in all things. And if I am not careful, I can let that bitterness begin to take root, and a bloom of an entire season of discontent will grow and grow until all the blooms the Lord has pruned and gardened in my heart are covered by weeds of selfishness, pride, and ungratefulness.

Lord, let it not be so.

So, what does the Lord say about being content? Paul tells us in Philippians 4 that he learned in every situation how to be content. Paul says he knew "how to be brought low and how to abound...facing plenty and hunger...abundance and need...I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

And there we find the key to being content...

WE KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS.

As long as our eyes and our hearts are focused on Christ, we can find no reason to be discontent, because HE IS OUR ALL. Everything finds it finality in Christ, and in Him, we can find our purpose and our fulfillment.

Not in money. Not in jobs. Not in our spouses. Not in our churches. Not in ANY OTHER PERSON.

ONLY in Christ. ONLY IN CHRIST.

I still struggle with being discontent every. single. day. In fact, I saw something on Facebook just five minutes ago that caused me to recognize a chord of discontent in my heart, and I quickly clicked over to pen this blog to remind myself of these powerful truths.

So, if you are struggling with discontent lately, I pray that you would fix your eyes upon Jesus that He might be enough for you. For He is enough.

He is enough.

2 comments:

  1. I can so relate. Honestly, I think most women struggle with this! It's definitely a struggle for me. Thanks for being real!

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  2. Love this, sweet friend. Thanks for sharing. Your picture looks absolutely gorgeous too! :-)

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