Monday, November 2, 2009

Contentment

Hey Everybody, I just wanted to address the topic of contentment. Contentment is something we all struggle with at times, and I think it would be an appropriate topic for this post. Whether it's your grades, the part you got in a play (or if you got in at all), your friends, your body- everyone struggles with contentment sometime in some area.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and hope." Jeremiah 29:11

A lot of times we have questions about why things are happening to us. Why didn't I get a good grade? Why didn't I get that part? Why don't I have a lot of friends? It's not fair!

Everything that happens, happens for a reason. God has a plan- and it will ultimately work out for the good of those who love him.

The thought of 'Why is this happening to me?' is often influenced by the thought that we deserve more. That we deserve to have everything go exactly the way we want it to.

But when you think of it, that's absolutely ridiculous. We don't deserve anything, we turned away from God. And even though we don't deserve life, God gave it to us anyway- along with so many other blessings.

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing- we may be content with that." 1 Timothy 6:6-8

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 every and any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:11-13

"Keep your lives free from the want of money and be content with what you have, because God has said 'Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you'. So we say with confidence 'The LORD is my helper. What can mortal man do to me?' " Hebrews 13:5-6

Such truth found in God's word. I'd advise you to talk to your parents about where you may struggle with contentment. I'd also like to ask you all if you would pray for me in this area. I would love to pray with/for any of you. :)

We have so much. Can we not be content with all the blessings?

In His Grace,

Kylie

3 comments:

The Scribbler said...

Thanks for this, Kylie! I think I'm really struggling in the contentment area especially. Thank you, also, for those verses =)

Dave said...

Amen!! This is something I've been thinking about lately. I put my faith on the stuff i have, and not truly on God. If God took it all away I would be seriously shaken. I need prayer in putting my trust fully in the Lord.

Elizabeth Kelley said...

Thanks for the post Kylie! Especially for the reminder that we DON'T deserve what we're given, much less what we don't get. We serve such an amazing God.