Learning To Be Content

For a long time, I wrongly believed that contentment was something that came a ‘certain’ territory or season. So I lived in the future. I was too engrossed in what should and could happen to enjoy what was actually happening. When some of my ‘dreams’ came to pass, I realized that I would be content for a short time, then the wave of discontentment would hit and I would be back to dreaming.

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It was a sad time. I was looking for contentment in the wrong place, where times change and people and opportunities come and go.

What I have realized since then is that, contentment is a learned behavior. It is not automatic. It takes a constant renewal of the mind and daily acknowledgement of the fact that it is God who assigns you your portion and your cup and regardless of the situation, your boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places [Psalm 16]. There is more to the  portion and the cup than material possessions.

Contentment does not come with a certain territory or season. It is something, a way of thinking and living, that you choose to carry with you in every season.

So here I am, constantly choosing to be content. It’s not about entitlement or comparison, it’s about my journey. I’m taking each day at a time because even two are too many. I am living in the present, thanking God for His faithfulness and letting Him carry me through every season. Daily I am choosing to believe that He holds my world in His hands, that His plans are best, that He will never leave me nor forsake me, that He is working all things out for my good and that He is CONSTANT.

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Have you been thinking that a certain person, institution or situation can truly satisfy you? Do you find yourself constantly thinking that the future will truly satisfy you?

Put your hope in God. Allow Him to satisfy you. Look at life through His lens and allow Him to guide you.

I HAVE A PLAN

Doing the above does not exempt you from hard times, but at least, you are assured that He is with you in all things and He is for You. The darkness will not consume you, hard times will come to an end. You will rise. Even in the valley of the shadow of death, you shall fear no evil for He is right there by your side. His rod and His staff will protect and comfort you; and surely goodness and mercy will follow you all of the days of your life {Psalm 23}.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

 

 

 

The Quest For Contentment

Happy New Month 🙂

What do you define contentment as?

As individuals we all have a different definition of contentment. For a long time, I used to think that I would be content when a certain thing happened. After it happened I would have a greater goal to accomplish. In my folly, I even thought that achieving contentment was a good yardstick to use to measure God’s love for me. I said in my folly 🙂 . Yet I knew and I still know that the statement of His love for me was displayed at Calvary long before I was born. It’s rather sad how my desires made that fact seem a little hazy.

One day as I was going on and on about what would make me really content, my husband turned to me and told me that ‘I need to learn to be content in every circumstance. If I let my contentment be defined by events or achievements the source of my contentment will keep changing.’

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That really left me with a lot of food for thought. I realized I didn’t know how to be content regardless of my circumstances and I had to ask God to teach me what contentment is all about because I was clearly chasing after shifting shadows.

The Secret of Contentment

Psalm 26:3 (NIV)

for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

There is a safety in knowing that God’s love NEVER FAIL and NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU.

The secret to contentment is living in reliance on His faithfulness.

Otherwise, contentment will always morph into something else having a boyfriend/girlfriend; eventually getting married; getting a car; then getting a bigger car; owning a home and land; buying designer clothes, shoes, perfumes; having a child; and having grandchildren.

At one point you think you are satisfied but after a couple of days, you realize that you desire more.

The truth is that ONLY God can satisfy us.

Psalm 90:14 (NIV)

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be  glad all our days.

Material possessions bring LIMITED joy. The things may luster for a couple of days, weeks, months and even years then a new craving strikes.

His unfailing love brings lasting satisfaction.

Being content does not translate to getting comfortable and becoming lazy. You still work hard and achieve your goals. Being content means that circumstances do not define your happiness.  It means that you are confident in God’s unfailing love regardless of how things are panning out. It may be easier said than done, but it is such a liberating way to live. Ask Paul.

Philippians 4:11b – 13 (NIV)

for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Paul really understood contentment. His searched for it and found it. Even as life threw several curve balls is way he still remained content.

originalIf our contentment is defined by our circumstances then life will seem like a very difficult obstacle course.

Happiness comes from contentment; contentment comes from knowing God and trusting His unfailing love.

May we walk in contentment.

Blessings,

Bibi2Be