1 Tim 6 v 6: Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
Heb 13 v 5: Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be CONTENT with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
So, I live in chaos and daily wake up thinking, "today, I'm going to do X,Y, and Z and then I need to get A,B and C done, then fetch my one teen and come home and maybe get something I 'want' to do done!" I'm an optimist that way!
Yeah right! Like that is going to happen. I suppose my discontentment comes from resentment, but self-imposed resentment.!
I know how to get over this!
My husband once asked his mother what she though her gift was and she answered, "Contentment!" Not what he was expecting I'm sure, but think about it....it is a gift, a blessing to be content no matter what!
Back to my point - I know how to get over my discontentment!
- Praise the One who IS in control
- Be grateful/thankful for all I have within my chaotic space
- Remember that my strength to cope comes from the Lord
Phil 4 v 13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Okay, now read it in the Amplified version:
Phil 4 v 13: I have strength for ALL things in Christ who EMPOWERS me [I am READY for ANYTHING and EQUAL to ANYTHING through HIM who infuses inner strength into me. I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency!]
Now, the last point, in Heb 4 v 11 Paul says he has LEARNT to be content in all things.
Did you see it? LEARNT! It did not come naturally to him. I have to learn to be content within chaos! When things are not going my way - be content!
Going through a desert - be content!
Going through a harvest - be content!
Going through any kind of trial - be content!
Praise Him - Thank Him - Remember from whom your strength comes! - Rejoice in Him
Phil 4 v 4: Rejoice in the Lord always (delight, gladden yourselves in Him) again I say, Rejoice!
From a slightly more contented Tracy