Personally Striving

Contemplating Contentment

I’ve been thinking a lot about contentment.  Thinking.  Thinking.  Contentment or discontent starts with a thought.  A choice.  When I choose to think about all the things I don’t have, compare myself, my marriage, and my kids to others I start to feel that tug.  Discontent creeping in.  I let it creep in.  I picked up a seed – a thought.  I planted it, water it, and continue to tend to it every day as I complain to my husband, scroll Facebook and Instagram envious of everyone’s “perfect” life, and separate myself from God by filling His time with other things.

Yesterday, pastor talked about the authority of the believer.  Two of the scriptures he had us look at really struck me.  My mind ran back to the blog I had just written about contentment.

Keep a cool head.  Stay alert.  The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.
I Peter 5:8
So let God work his will in you.  Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.
James 4:7

These scriptures, while they do not speak specifically about contentment, helped me to see that I have the authority to capture negative thoughts.  If I do not capture these negative thoughts, the Devil is waiting and ready to hand me the watering pail.  He is eager to see discontenment ruin a life, a marriage.

The scriptures also provide hope.  The first instructs the believer to keep a cool head and stay alert.  Don’t let the Devil catch you sleeping on the job.  But what if you do fall asleep?  Well, the second scripture encourages the believer to YELL (don’t just tell) “No!” to the Devil.  Speak with the authority given by God and the Devil will flee.

I don’t know about you, but reading this makes me feel great!  As I said in my previous post, I have struggled with feeling discontent.  I know this may sound crazy to some, but I have to be honest.  The only way to reach a break through is to be honest.  I am thankful that God has given me the authority to ask for help.  I am thankful God has given me the authority to tell the Devil no.

So, how do I  continue to check the spirirt of discontentment?

  1. First and foremost, spending individual time with God is a must.  I’m not saying you have to spend hours each day, but there does need to be some dedicated Christ time each day.  If you are not communing with Him, then how can you be assured of His endless mercy, His love, and His desire for you to be happily growing living out your purpose?  
  2. Focus on growth. Growing spiritually, in your relationships, professionally, academically, etc is very important in fulfilling your purpose. When you live a purpose driven life your are fulfilled and content. 
  3. Have an accountabillity partner.  I have talked about this many, many times.  Having an accountability partner with whom you can be completely honest, one who will keep it all the way real with you is VITAL.  I have three accountability partners.  My husband, one of my sisters, and a long time friend.  I can be completely honest with all three of these people.  They don’t judge me for the “ugly” that sometimes resides within.  Instead they pray for me, help me check my motives, encourage me to turn my face back toward Christ.
  4. I periodically get off all social media.  I need to disconnect from the carefully crafted selfies and picture perfect family photo opts.  Don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it can be little overwhelming.  I can be tempted to compare my life.  Start asking God why I don’t have a new car or a bigger diamond. 
I cycle between being content and discontent.  I must say however, there are much longer periods of contentment than discontentment.  Lol  I am learning it’s not about what everyone else has, it’s about what God has for me.  I am growing.  I really am content.  I am happy.  Being content is much more peaceful, stressfree.

Always Striving,

Joce

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