Hey, everyone! Sorry, I have been a little slack this past week getting posts up. School is winding down. Tests and Exams are getting closer every single day. Procrastination is a real struggle. ( I know everyone knows what I mean when I say that.) This week, one theme has been on my mind. That idea is contentment. My first thought when I hear the word “content” is being complacent. Like if I am content in something, I am complacent and I don’t want to move away from that because I am comfortable. If I am comfortable, I should be happy and fulfilled but that is not always the case.
I just found out in past couple weeks that I am Lactose Intolerant which means no more dairy unless I want stomach pain. One of my all time favorite foods is the macaroni and cheese from the box. The shell kind. I love those things. I could eat them every single day. But is that healthy for me? I don’t think so. I would be content and comfortable eating the shells every day because I know I like them. This idea of contentment works for earthly and worldly pleasures but it does not work for God.
This is a big struggle of mine. I have a hard time being content in what God has in store for me. I always like to know what is going on. I like to be in control, so this is where I fall short. I am not content in God. Yes, I am comfortable in a world view but from the Godly view, I am far from it. I seek pleasure in things that are temporary. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 tells us that “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” I feel it really hard to be content sometimes. Whenever I see something as simple as a new pen (I really like stationary items.) or something as big as a new car, it is hard for me to be content with what I have. The impulse inside of me says that I need that new thing. I need to have it right now or I will not be happy. God tells us otherwise.
In his letter to the Phillippians, Paul says that “I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
Through abundance and scarcity, Paul knew the true meaning behind contentment. God needs to be our focus and we need to be content with Him. When I mentioned I like to be comfortable, which makes me feel content, God says that I need to be content in Him. God has a plan for each of our lives. We will not always be in a comfortable situation but we have to choose God in order to be content because He will give us the strength and the courage to honor him and strive to be like His Son, Jesus.
These links below are some more great resources on the topic of contentment!
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