The Beauty of Being Content

We live in a fast-moving world, with the advent of social media everyone seems to be moving ahead and ‘making moves’. It is easy to get caught up in the success and pressure of achieving. I speak from experience, I always had very high goals for myself since I was young. I wanted to graduate by a certain age, build a successful career, find love all by certain timelines. But what I have come to learn is life functions at its own time and space. It’s easy to get pressured and feel left out by the achievements of those around you and therefore feel the need to do whatever it takes to catch up. I have been there and through the process of trying to fit in I lost myself and spiraled into a woman I couldn’t recognize.

In the process of my journey, I have learned one thing. To be content with my small big steps. To scroll through my Instagram feed without feeling like I need to ‘up my game’.It’s about understanding your own journey. Focusing on your own steps and appreciating each one. Trust the process. I know! This can be hard sometimes. There are lots of times I have sat and asked myself how long I needed to be on this journey. However every time I look at those who have gone ahead of me I’m encouraged that we all have a starting point and God will always meet us at our point of need.

Being content doesn’t mean you are comfortable with where you are. You still have dreams and your vision board but you are still able to enjoy the journey. All I’m saying is, don’t try keeping up so much that you lose yourself and the joy of seeing something come into being.

 

It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil–for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.

Psalm 127:2 AMPC

This verse gives me so much peace. It doesn’t speak about being lazy but it focuses on the place of rest which is facilitated by being content. The place of anxious toil is the consistent searching of men for money/’success’ that never ends. While yet as His Child He is able to elevate that which you have in your hand just like He did with Moses and the staff. He is the same God that was able to give Abraham descendants as many as the stars yet his wife Sarah was barren and he was beyond the childbearing age.

 

No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

Romans 4:20‭-‬21 AMPC

Abraham did not waver in his faith. He was fully convinced that God would do as He had promised. So he never spent his time peeping at how many children his relatives had as we do on Social Media daily, lurking and envying our neighbor’s blessing. Be content with where you are now, you will not be in that situation forever. However, the testing of your character is necessary for where God is about to take you. Let’s create a habit of contentment that stems from being grateful for what we have already been given which is a lot. As my desktop wallpaper would say, ‘’Bloom where you are planted.’’

 

How are you practicing contentment?

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