There is nothing like the end of pregnancy to force you to come face to face with discontent. I firmly believe God allows the end of those 9 months to be wrought with discomforts simply so the onset and rigors of labor and delivery will be a welcome change. What you do with the final stretch speaks volumes to your outlook on life in general…
as does any difficult situation.
There have been many times in my life when discontent has crept in. Often, those times involve things not going as I had hoped or the inability to control my circumstances. I wanted one thing, got another, and want only to complain about the whole thing.
One thing I have wanted for quite some time is to live outside the city. I don’t necessarily need to live in the country, but I would be thrilled with a smaller town. I’d also love to move closer to “home.” I think it would be great to have all the grandparents (who all live in the same general vicinity) to be only a phone call away, but it has been nearly 6 years since that was the case.
Yes, moving to this particular city 3 years ago DID bring us closer to my beloved “home,” yet somehow that wasn’t good enough because it wasn’t PRECISELY what I wanted.
Over the past 3 years, I have had to continually keep my discontent over our circumstances in check. It is easy to be jealous of those who live in small towns or country settings. It is easy to be jealous of those who find a home and stay there for years. It is easy to be jealous of those who get to decorate and remodel however they want because the home they live in is theirs. It is easy to be jealous of people who appear to be content.
However, I am finding that contentment really has nothing to do with geography. In fact, it even has very little to do with your circumstances. It’s a heart condition.
You could look at my son in the above photo and assume he is so joyous because of his new cowboy hat and boots. But, I don’t want to raise children who are only joyful when life is good to them. And guess where they learn what true joy looks like? They take their cues from mom and dad!
Joy comes from the Lord and resides in your heart. He gives it freely, but you have to be willing to let go of the tight grip you have on controlling your world. You have to be willing to accept your circumstances and live abundantly within those circumstances. You have to stop comparing your life to the lives of others and start living the life God laid out for YOU.
I get excited just thinking about it! God put me in rental in the city. God gave me 6 beautiful children with another soon to arrive. God gave me 7 precious months with a little girl who would forever change my life. All these circumstances and more could cause me to live a life of discontent; however, contentment does not choose me…I choose it!
Please, take a moment to share any stories you have of learning contentment or of your struggles with being content. I’d love to hear what God is teaching you.