Last weekend I went on the Women’s Retreat for my church up in the North Georgia mountains. The weekend— in addition to being a sweet time of rest and fun with friends— was filled with truth and incredible wisdom from our speaker on the subject of Finding Contentment. Contentment is something I think any person who is alive struggles with and if they don’t they are lying.
The truth about contentment is that it isn’t resignation to your situation. It isn’t forcing yourself to be satisfied by your lot. It isn’t even pushing away emotions or focusing only on the good. Contentment is trusting and believing that in Christ, you have all that you need.
It’s easy for me to get caught up in the Have-Nots and Wants of my life. It’s easy to look around at my friends and even here on the Internet (especially you, Tumblr and Pinterest) and think Whoa, my life would be so much better if I had That Boyfriend and could throw That Kind of Party and wear Those Types of Clothes.
But that’s just simply not true. Those longings will only be replaced by other things in the future and I’ll constantly be chasing this elusive idea of What It Means To Be Content. Unless I learn that contentment comes from somewhere else.
…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:10-13
Here’s to learning…