Sometimes I struggle with being content. There are certain circumstances in my life that I don’t particularly like. At this time, I can’t change them. I’m held captive in the here and now. Struggling to free my tied hands. Chafing to do something that will bring about the change I feel I need. Frustrated. Discontent.
One day I realized I was discontent with my discontentment. I was unhappy with my unhappiness. Something had to change. And it had to be me. Have you ever been there?
I knew I needed to get to the root of my dissatisfaction. Oh, the list! It looked like my endless childhood Christmas lists. For the sake of time and space, I will only share three:
There is something that I have determined in my heart to have…and I want it now. My heart longs for it. Scripture tells me that temptation comes from my desires, which lure me away (James 1:14 NLT). From what? From my intimate walk with God.
What I desire is not necessarily sinful, but the greed and selfishness that grow while trying to finagle my destiny sure are. When I allow this sinful nature to blossom in me, I take my eyes off Christ, who alone will fill all my needs and desires. I allow this desire to become my idol.
All my friends have it! I want it too! Why can’t I be like them? In writing, I’ve learned to call this yardsticking. Comparing my chapter one to her book series. Never mind that she’s worked twice as long and hard than I have.
Jesus Himself warns against this. Peter was concerned about what was happening with another disciple. Jesus tells him in John 21:22, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” (NASB)
My job isn’t to look around and see where everyone else is, my job is to follow Christ.
In my state of discontent, I forget to be thankful for what I do have, how far I’ve come. Hebrews 13:5 says be content with what you have. And James 1:17 reminds me that “every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” I need to remember to be thankful!
What’s your satisfaction level? Are your desires running amok? Or are you content with what you have? Join me on the blog this month of Thanksgiving. I’ll be talking contentment! Next week, we will begin looking at ways to be content.
Father, I pray we would be ever mindful of every good and perfect gift You have given. Thank You God, for being so generous. As You have been generous to us, I pray we will be overflowing with generosity to others, and not caught up in our wants and desires. In Jesus name, Amen.
What a great topic for November, Ellen! I can certainly relate. Look forward to reading your posts on contentment.
Ellen Chauvin says
Thank you Betsy!
And how did you know that I needed ministering in this way…….?
Ellen Chauvin says
Well, Nay, don’t we all need this from time to time? Love you!
Sabra Penley says
Oh, Ellen, I’m so behind on reading blog posts. My inbox is quite full. But I just wanted to say how much I love your new website! Congratulations!
Thank you Sabra! I totally understand being behind! I need to read a few blogs myself! Thanks so much for stopping by! Appreciate your input!
Abby McDonald says
Ellen, I love your new site! It looks fabulous. 🙂 I can so relate to this. I have been there and still struggle with that feeling of discontentment some days, but God has shown me ways to be joyful and content in the now. Looking forward to your next post.
Thanks so much Abby! I took a leap of faith with this…Carmen had been great encouragement! I have enjoyed digging into contentment, and finding wonderful nuggets in His word! I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts.
Abby McDonald says
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Awe, thank you Abby!
I love your website, Ellen! I’m looking forward to your series:) This topic fits perfectly with a current ‘project’ I’m working on. I’ll be reading every post and anticipating your insight!
Thank you Kristine! Thanks so much for stopping by!Looking forward to hearing more about your project 🙂