I often need to be reminded of my purpose in this life and then strive to bloom where I am planted… even if it means that the skies are often gray and the rain falls more often than not.
I am speaking literally here. I live in the Pacific Northwest (born & raised) and the older I get, the more I long for fair weather. Though I do not like hot temps, I would love to live somewhere with more blue skies & sunshine!
Contentment – Biblical Word Study
1. Content; a resting or satisfaction of mind without disquiet; acquiescence.
CONTENTMENT, without external honor, is humility.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6)
[American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828]
Scripture To Study & Thoughts To Ponder
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.“ 1 Timothy 6:6-8
“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. Psalm 86:11-13”
My purpose is to glorify God in all I do.
So, besides the desire to live someplace else, I sometimes struggle with being content in general. I care about insignificant things… my house is too small, I want to live in the country, I wish we had more money so I could buy more things.
And I also care about seemingly more important things… I wish Abigail didn’t have a mitochondrial disorder, that Elijah hadn’t died, that cancer didn’t exist and my mom was still here, that I didn’t have Sarcoidosis, that I could protect my kids from the pain and evil of this world, that I could be a better mom, that I could be a better wife, that I could be a better person, that I could do more for God.
I cannot be content when I focus on me, my wants, or this world.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
I think there is a difference between dreaming of & striving towards a better life for our family while here on earth and being generally discontent with what we do have & coveting what we do not have.
Our focus should stay on Jesus and the desires of our hearts should be parallel with what God wants for us. The less I think about what I want or how I wish things were different, the more content I am.
I can still dream and have hopes for the future, but I realize that I only want what God wants for me. Earthly gain is not comparable to Eternal gain.
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26
I think it is worth repeating…
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
In His presence there is a fullness of joy… isn’t that a beautiful promise?