Contentment: How to appreciate your place on life's trail
One of the strongest feelings that I have ever felt is regret. Whether it was regarding my education, my personal life, or my spiritual walk, the emotions that came along with it were never pleasing. It would start off as happiness for someone else, then it would fall into comparison wondering why things didn’t turn out that way for me. Next thing you know I am having to rebuke feelings of envy, doubt, & jealousy. Sometimes I’d even have to get off of the person’s social media page hoping it would stop. Sound familiar?
Sad to say, most, if not all of us have had to face this. With so much technology and options we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others & fighting to be at the top. It seems like whenever we reach one goal or fulfill one desire we CHOOSE to take on another one that others show us.
Every year there is a new phone release. Every month there’s another movie you have to see. Every week a new app is created. It seems like there is this non-stop flood of ideas and opinions that attempt to make us feel like we can never reach the right level.
However, we have to realize that in the end the choice to accept this is in our hands. No one, and I do mean no one, can make you feel like what you have or who you are is not good enough unless you let them. You simply have to remind yourself that the true value is in Christ.
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (NLT) Here the Son of God point blank tells us that if we seek & fulfill God and His will the rest will fall into place.
Now, some may say, “It’s easy for him to say that. Things were different back then.” I would have to disagree, and so would Solomon, who’s arguably the wisest man ever. In Ecclesiastes, which he wrote, he clearly states, “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
So, there is no new struggle or temptation. They merely are in slightly different packaging. That is why you need to go to your handbook, the Word of God, to get the answers, and my handbook has the answer for gaining contentment in Philippians 4:12-13.
There, Paul, who in my opinion is one of the most referenced Biblical evangelist ever, states, “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 any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)
THE ANSWER IS GOD!!! I know that may be hard for some of us to swallow because the world likes to teach us that the answer is inside, but I once again have to disagree because we are still being worked on inside. So, how can something that is unfinished be the answer to being satisfied with your feeling of incompletion? It just doesn’t make sense.
No. The answer is in the Father, who is fully complete and in full control. Trust in Him, follow His path, and the rest falls into place.
I’m not telling you what I think. I’m telling you what I know from my prior experiences and my current walk today. If you trust that God knows what He’s doing and has a purpose for you being in the place that you are you will be able to walk in peace and joy every day.
You simply have to believe that the creator of the trail knows the right direction to go for you to reach the destination. It is not easy, but WE must all remind ourselves that it is worth it. Once you do that, you’ll be able to follow him, and appreciate your place with ease.