The past months have been a journey of contentment. I’m learning to take delight right where I am, with what I have. God has been actively teaching me that happiness does not come from stuff or even from relationships, but from resting in Him.
To often I’ve logged onto Instagram (or Pinterest or Facebook) and held my life up to everyone’s highlight reel. Instead of rejoicing with them, I’ve logged off feeling unsettled and discontent. Social media is a wonderful thing. I’ve met some of my dearest friends through Influence Network , Make it Happen and She Reads Truth communities. But, it’s also revealed a part of my heart that desperately needs His grace.
“I have learned the secret to being content. I know what it is to be in need and to have plenty, whether well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want. I can do all thing through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 12-13
When I’m leaning on my own will instead of God’s grace, I look at a picture of a beautifully remodeled kitchen and wish that not only my kitchen but my whole home was bigger, better, and sparkling new. But, when I filter that same image through grace, it inspires me to break out the fancy dishes and invite a friend over for dinner. God’s strength allows me to have a heart of contentment, whatever the circumstance.
I’ve been reading through a small devotional focused on contentment and this quote reminded me that choosing contentment begins with gratitude, taking account of the abundant gifts that he has blessed with us.
Contentment comes as we wait on God’s timetable and as we trust that what he provides in our lack is really all we need until he provides something else – Lydia Brownback
I’m learning that gratitude is woven closely with contentment. Contentment doesn’t just happen overnight, it’s a journey of gratitude. When I’m living out of a heart of comparison not contentment I over look all that I’ve been given in this season. A tight knit family. Fresh flowers. Meaningful work. A cozy home. Strong coffee. Worship. Time to invest in friendships. Cooking a healthy meal. Family. Road trips. Wildlife in Wisconsin. Seed catalogues. Laughter. Adventure.
Taking joy in the little things is true contentment. What little joys are you grateful for today?