Contentment

Contentment.  It is a word so foreign in our culture that we don’t really understand what it looks like in our life.  Is there ever really any contentment? 

I could say I  am content right now:

  • New and growing relationship with an amazing Man of God 
  • Family is healthy and happy. 
  • Understanding my relationship with Christ with new meaning
  • SWITCH is taking a turn into a new season (depth in student and leader relationships)

…and yet, it would be easy to be discontent with how content I am.  I’ll often ask myself, feeling a bit guilty: Is it right to be this happy?  Isn’t there something I need to be agonizing over?  Seeking God about?  Worrying about? 

No!

A wise woman once told me to look at the scriptures: Psalms is full of agonizing, questions, doubts, frustrations… it is also full of praise, worship, thanksgiving (those times when everything was going great in King David’s life)

So I’m reminded today, to be content in my contentment.  To praise.  Worship.  Give thanks. 

What about you?

5 Responses to “Contentment”

  • roger says:

    I tend to think I am not pushing myself when I feel content. Like I can give more time, money whatever to someone else. I need to allow myself some contentment

  • Anna says:

    Roger–You’re so right! Sometimes I put expectations on myself that God doesn’t even have on me! How dumb is that! Thinking that somehow I can earn His love when in fact I don’t have to do a thing for it! Such is the nature of his amazing love and grace!

    It was great meeting you on Tuesday!

  • Sarah says:

    I am thankful that you have been brought to a place of contentment!!!!

    I would agree this culture seems to see contentment as foreign!!!! Its so fast paced in everything it does…work…technology…everything. It seems to never sleep!!!!

  • Ali says:

    Something i’ve learned about contentment is that we usually base how content we are with how much stuff we have or how much money we have. There is a verse I came across the other day in 1 Timothy 6:6-7, it says “But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it”. It really just opened up my eyes to not judging my contentment on “stuff” because what does it really matter, we can’t take it with us when we die! We should all learn to find our contentment in our Lord because nothing else matters.

  • It’s OK to be a sparrow. (grin)

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