“Can’t you just be content with what you have?”
I was having a conversation with a loved one this week. Okay well it was more of a heart to heart than a conversation. I was letting it all out. I was miserable. I felt completely inadequate. I felt like that because I don’t have what others have that I am not good enough!
It was a sorry sad state to be in. It had been brewing for a little bit and it was good to get it all out. I needed to get it all out so that I could look past it and move forward. Yes I may not have everything that everyone else has but I also probably have a lot that others wish for – not that life should be a comparison.
I was reading my Bible earlier and came across Philippians 4. The words of Paul really spoke to me. To my heart where I am right now. It was a bit of a wake up call.
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, 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 4:11-13 ESV
After reading that my lack of contentment with what I have seemed so trivial. I may not have as many earthly riches as some of my friends. I may not be able to shower my children with extravagant gifts or plan family holidays numerous times a year.
But what I do have is more than that. I have my husband and children who love me. I have the love of my Heavenly Father. I have friends and family who love me for who I am. I have contentment in knowing that I will spend eternity in Heaven with My Lord and Saviour who created all things. I will be able to spend all my days in His never ending Glory. That is much more than I could ever ask for!
So today I am focusing on being content with what I have and when I struggle and it is possible that I will. I will take some time to re-focus my contentment on Heavenly things not earthly possessions and wants!