Thursday, June 22, 2006

Contentment


My, my... According to some bloggers, you'd think 'contentment' was a dirty word.

Personally, I believe it's a marvelous one. The Apostle Paul didn't think contentment so terrible, either, as when he said:

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation..." (Philippians 4:12)

...and...

"But godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6)

I can't imagine anyone advocating being discontented. Oh, I can understand part of that reasoning-- not wishing to settle where you are and never moving forward. But that, to me, is not godly contentment at all.

No, I am aiming for the best kind of contentment. One like my favorite teacher describes when she tells me I should "be content where I am on the way to where I am going."

Mmmmmm... read that sentence again. I love that because there is a huge degree of gratitude and thankfulness involved with contentment and I believe God is greatly pleased when contentment is of that grateful sort. What's the point of living of a God-given, God-blessed life, never to be contented with it? If I'm never happy with where I currently am 'in any and every situation' (including who I am, where I am and what I have), then what's the point of moving on to another place ahead where I'll be just as discontented? What's the point in living a lifetime always disatisfied and complaining about it?

At that rate, I'll wind up in Heaven never having enjoyed the life, the people, the circumstances God gave me because I'll always have been looking ahead to become better, beyond my discontent, and then after getting there, not even enjoying that new place, but looking ahead again to another place I'll be discontented with, too.

And I can imagine no greater tragedy than that.

So today I will walk around my house and drive around my town, with my husband, perfectly contented with this amazing life which God has given me.....All the while keeping my heart open to whatever it is God wants me to change or wants me to do or be up the long road ahead.

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