“Do everything. Love as much as you can. it may hurt but it helps us grow. Give all you have…you may be poor but you will be content. Always forgive….your heart can not afford not to. Teach what you know and learn what you don’t. Stay open to all” author unknown
I am in process. I am still learning to be content. To not reach for things in my life that are unreachable. It is a daily discipline for me. And I am learning that just because I want something – doesn’t mean it is always good for me – or just because I believe something – doesn’t always make it so. The heart is a fickle thing – and clearly can deceive me and pull me in many different directions – if I let it. Sometimes it seems as if my heart has a will of its own and goes in its own direction completely unguarded and naive – simply unaware of dangers that are out there. Discontentment is a danger for the restless heart.
It is so important to find the secret of being content. The apostle Paul addresses this issue in this passage:
I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:10-13)
“…in any and every situation…” “….I can do everything through him who gives me strength” Powerful words. We can’t do it alone. It would literally be impossible without supernatural strength. Because let’s face it – the heart – MY heart knows what it wants – it is wicked and deceitful – and in need of a redeemer EVERY DAY to keep me thinking in the right way and my heart in line with what is good and right and honest. Oh I could pull myself up by my “boot straps” so to speak – and even syke myself up for awhile to GET HAPPY – even though I’m not – and even fool a few people for awhile – but that would only last just so long without help from a Saviour.
True contentment comes from knowing God – having a relationship with Him – and trusting Him. Even though you don’t see results in your daily life – like you think you should. It is trusting – even though you don’t see. Knowing that He sees the “Big Picture” of your life and that He holds your life in the palm of His hand. With that simple faith – comes contentment. And sometimes that’s all we have – and that is enough.
I have not arrived. I am still learning this – and many other things as the Lord and I are on a journey together, I am finding contentment – and it is enough.
My prayer for today is this: That you would also discover the secret of being content – even though you may not understand your circumstances – you may not even like them – but I pray that you will trust the one that sees the “Big Picture” of your life and holds your life in His hands.