Monday, 30 May 2011

Be Content in all things!

Phil 4 v 11:  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have LEARNT in whatever state I am, to be content.


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."

I have been really struggling lately with being content.  Its not that I am discontent with what I have.  Its more an inner discontentment brought on by not being in control of my circumstances.  I'm a person who likes routine.  I don't like change much either.  But my family is chaotic.  They thrive on chaos.  They cannot even spell the word ROUTINE!  (I think God deliberately puts people together that are opposites to smooth off rough edges).

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!

You always hear how people shouldn't settle for the status quo.  "Don't be average."  "Reach for the stars."  Etc. But you know - for me - average is cool.  Now I don't mean 'strive to be average at what you do and who you are'.  I mean 'I'm where I'm at and I'm happy there!'  I don't need to be the best cook/admin person for my husband/dresser/veggie grower.  I need to be MY best but I don't need to strive to be SOMEONE ELSE'S best.  Should God promote me, I must be happy in that space too.

Back to my point - I know how to get over my discontentment!

PRAISE JESUS!

  • 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
Listen to this scripture:
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!]

Awesome!

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!


How?
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!

God bless
From a slightly more contented Tracy

2 comments:

  1. I am the most content when home alone. Just love the peace and quiet. I can be busy if I want to be or still and read. Contentment is so much easier then than with a carload of bickering children.

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  2. Thanks Tracy, It took several major "storms" in my life to teach me to count my blessings in all circumstances. It was so hard at first. I had to almost physically turn myself around to go from self-pity to praise, but God is soooo good! Now I to have learned that with Him I am content. What a fabulous post!!

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