October 8th. It’s my birthday. I woke up to the sight of the bright sun beaming into my bedroom. I turned over and saw my son and my husband beside me still fast asleep… I smiled. I said my prayers and lingered in bed for a while.
I’m a thinker. My birthday has always been a reflective time for me. I think about all the changes that have occurred throughout the previous year, the experiences… good, bad and in between. I ask myself if I’ve grown for the better and how? What things do I need to work on?
I went for a walk and spoke to the Lord. I started expressing the things in my heart and by the time I was returned home it was concluded that I need to work on contentment. Year 27, contentment is the word. The dictionary defines contentment as the state of being happy, satisfied and having a peace of mind. In spite of what we go through, regardless of what we receive or don’t receive, what we have or don’t have, being content is important. The word of God says having godliness with contentment is a great gain!
But godliness with contentment is great gain1 Timothy 6:6 King James Version- The Holy Bible
The reason why many of us are so bent out of shape, stressed, tired and bogged down is because we have not yet rested in contentment.
Now to clarify, contentment does not only mean to be satisfied or happy because of things, but the Bible is teaching us to have contentment even when we don’t have things…things perish, things are temporal. Contentment should be active in every season of our lives. Contentment is about having a soundness of mind in the circumstances we face, and in the various seasons of our lives.
Contentment comes with a level of faith and trust in God… We rest in him and allow him to work in our lives.
We struggle with being content sometimes because of our entitlement. The truth is none of us are exempt from struggle in our life. Struggles in life can turn into teachable moments if we choose to view them as teachable moments. Whether we are in our high points or low points in life, we will have a peace of mind if we learn to be still, find joy, give thanks and trust in Jesus.
This may be easier said than done but this is why Jesus gave us peace. When we accept Jesus and the peace He gives, it will help us through this life’s journey. His word says..
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.John 14:27 King James Version- The Holy Bible
Paul is a great example when it comes to understanding contentment. He reminds us that whether we’re up or down, with or without that Christ gives us the strength to go through each experience.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Philippians 4:11-13 King James version- The Holy Bible
Contentment is a powerful thing! I also think of contentment as having gratitude. Paul says whether he has little or has much he is content- This is a lesson for us all! many of us find it hard to be content when we have little, but if we can’t be content when we have little, chances are we won’t be content when we have much. I’m reminded of when Jesus said in Matthew 25:21 “You have been faithful over a few (little) things, I will make you ruler over many (big) things”. The Lord knows our heart and when we murmur, complain and show discontent how can he trust us when we have much? This is why in the following verses of 1 Timothy 6 tell us that even someone who has everything still won’t be satisfied. Being content does not mean we settle and no longer strive for things in life, or have dreams or goals but I believe once we learn how to be content in any situation and ensure we are pairing godliness with contentment we are less likely to be tempted in the way 1 Timothy 6:9-10 describes. The Bible teaches us how to live Godly lives and the Holy Spirit enables us to live Godly.
Year 27 I want to rest in the Lord’s contentment. I want to take God’s word and be intentional with it. I am thankful for the experiences leading up to year 27… some were sweet and some were bitter but all in all when I look at the big picture I know that it was and is all for my good. I choose to view every experience as a building block for my faith. I choose to be content.