“A fickle heart lusts after what it doesn’t have”.
Contentment… what is it? Well let’s talk about it.
I am currently reading a devotional by John Bevere, called Killing Kryptonite and one of the devotions talked about contentment in God. So what is contentment, well according to the dictionary it is “a state of happiness and satisfaction”. To me contentment is being happy with what you have, who you are, and where you currently are in life. For the past few years, this is something that I have truly struggled with, but God is showing me daily, reasons why I should be grateful and content.
In this world of social media, I can understand how difficult it is to be content. The highlights of people’s lives surround us so much, that we can’t help but compare our lives to everyone else’s. For me, comparing my “boring” life to the “exciting” lives of others was a daily struggle. My friends and family members were getting married, having babies, going on trips, enjoying amazing jobs but it just seemed like my life was not that exciting, even though it was. Why was I not where I had planned I would be?
I always had an idea of how I thought my life would turn out, but God has shown me that His plans are not my plans. But just for humor and transparency sake, here was my timeline:
- Graduate college at 21- that didn’t happen – ENGINEERING!
- Work as a consultant and travel the world – NOPE
- Marry at 25 – Hahahahaha, NOPE!
- 4 kids by 30- only chance of this happening is if I have 4 kids in the next 2 years and I’m currently single! LOL
- Start my own business while working and retire from the workforce by 35 – With God on my side… this is definitely POSSIBLE and I know I’m on the right path….
You see, we tend to have these plans that we make for ourselves but we always forget that our maker created us for a purpose so we have to include Him in everything. Also, His ways are not our ways and His plans are definitely not like our plans. The best part about His plans are that they are for our good- Jeremiah 29:11.
The best part about being able to look back at my 18 year old self and laugh is that although I’m no where near what I thought my life would look like, I’m definitely in the best place I could possibly be because I’m in the center of God’s will and His plans for my life and I am sure of it. All these plans I had for myself were all self-centered and not God centered. I was so focused on what I wanted for me, that I didn’t think about what God could want for me.
So am I content? Well, I am learning to be grateful to God for EVERYTHING; good and bad. I am learning that to be content I have to be grateful. I am learning that contentment is a choice. How can you be happy and satisfied with your life if you are not thankful for the things that you do have? Also, our contentment is rooted in loving yourself and in the love of God. It is knowing that God is enough, no matter we lack! Being truly content causes us to live in the abundance of God’s love, a place where you can’t help but just be grateful.
Lots of Love
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.