Finding Contentment: Discovering the Blessings in Your Life!

We are currently in session for the Spring Semester of True Reflections.   We’re still just getting started, but it’s been oh so good.

One of our main objectives in every class is to take a look at the lies we believe about ourselves and about God.  As we look at those lies, we seek to replace them with truth from the Word of God.

During our first week together we discussed the lie of control.  What good news that God is in control of our lives and circumstances.  He has always been in control and always will be.  A question to ask yourself is, "Are you willingly giving God the steering wheel or do you reach over from the passenger side?"  It’s a lie that you can drive well from the right side of the car.

During our second week, we sought to replace the lie of control with the truth of contentment.

Contentment can be defined as "being filled up, satisfied, or happiness with one’s situation in life.” 

Contentment is hard to come by in the society we live in.  Every direction you turn sends you messages that you should NOT be content with who you are or what you have.  We see images of faster cars, bigger houses, and thinner models.  We hear marketing messages such as these…

“Betcha can’t eat just one”  (aka – Consume more whether you need it or not!)

“Calgon… take me away.”  (aka – Don’t settle for being satisfied and content where you are – Escape to a better place!)

“Have it your way…”  (aka – You are in control of your life – do what you want with it!)

These messages infer that we need to live a bigger and better life.  When we park our brains on these messages, we start to believe that we shouldn’t be satisfied with what we have or who we are.  The result is discontment.

Yet, God’s word says that no matter our circumstances, we can find contentment.  Paul says it this way in Philippians 4:12-13, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

The key to these verses is finding your strength in Christ, not in yourself.  Strength in Christ requires that we look at the world through his eyes, not 

through the messages of our culture.   Living content with ourselves requires that we see ourselves the way Jesus sees us.

Last week our group took on a challenge to see ourselves the way Jesus sees us in pursuit of  a content life.

This is the challenge:  Find at least one thing that you did well EVERY DAY. 

During the week, it was just that… a “challenge.”  Some of us struggled, but we all did it.  Here are some responses from our group…

I am proud of my COMMITMENT to getting better and sacrificing my desires to do fun things in order to get better.”

“One thing I did well today was choosing to be real with friends”

“I’m at peace with myself and my surroundings!  God is so good!”

Today I decided to pray out-loud, which I’ve never done before.”

I invite you to join in the challenge with us in pursuit of a content life.  It’s hard to live in discontent when you cultivate a thankful heart and embrace the unique creation that you are.


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