Last week, we talked about the causes of discontentment. I also shared my personal story of looking for a ‘better,” home. If you missed the first part of this post you can find it here.
Honestly, I still have dreams of owning a home in the country with a good amount of land to explore. However, the question is…if that dream never comes true, will I be okay with that?
And this is where contentment comes to play.
Contentment means to be free from care because of satisfaction with what is already one’s own. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
I stuggle with contentment. But my sincere desire is to be satisfied with what God has already given me. And if we could be truthful, He has given you and I so much more than we deserve.
Besides, He has told us not to be concerned about such things:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to hisspan of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. -Mathew 6:25-33 (KJV)
How can we overcome the challenges of discontentment?
- Gratefulness. Taking a moment to reflect on how good God has already to been in our lives. One way I’ve done this, is by writing down each blessing that comes to mind in my journal. Witnessing the many ways God has taken care of me, written down on paper, immediately makes me more joyful and appreciative.
- Stop comparing. 2 Corinthians 10:12 says For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Basically, its not smart to compare ourselves to others, nothing good will come of it.
- Check your motives. Get to the root of it. Why are you truly unsatified? When you identify the reasons that have been decieving you, replace them with what is true. You can start with finding those truths in the Word of God.
Now, back to the suggestion my husband gave me that started this entire discussion in the first place. Here are several ways I am choosing to love my home now:
- Decluttering. This summer, I gave away tons of clothes, and toys, that we no longer needed. Getting rid of these items created more space and breathing room in our home.
- Decorating. I haven’t done much yet. But, I have many ideas to make our home more appealing and comfortable. My very first project will be redecorating our powder room. I am so excited!
- Taking care of my space. Becoming more proactive in cleaning and maintaining my home; which includes regular decluttering, dusting, and adding a pleasant fragrance from a candle or essential oils.
- Being appreciative of the home I have, and expressing that gratitude by taking care good of it.
But godliness with contentment is great gain– 1 Timothy 6:6 (ESV)
When we choose to live a life of thanksgiving, we can live in peace knowing that God is our ultimate provider. Recognizing, that accumulating more things will not bring about the unspeakable joy that He can only give to us.
Are you choosing to live a life of contentment today?