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Choosing to be content

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have” ~Philippians 4:11

When I was ten, I got a crash course in being content. That year my father went back to school and we were without income. We had to live on less, but that time we lived on more than most. Yes, we had to make sacrifices, but we grew together as a family more closely. We learned to love spaghetti and waffles with peanut butter and syrup. Two of the sacrifices, we made were giving up Cable and Internet. We have not gotten it back since, and it has been almost eleven years now. I grew up fine; we played outside in the dirt.

I vividly remember that Christmas, when Mom gave my younger brother and I the JCPenny’s Christmas catalog and her instructions were,

‘You can look at this, but you can’t say ‘I want.’’

That time showed me, that I did not need the newest thing to survive.

In today’s time, I think it is rare to find someone content with what they have. We are so wrapped up in having the newest thing that we do not enjoy what we have at this moment. We live in an instant world, where we can get everything in a second and we lose the virtue of being content. According to the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, ‘content’ is, ‘satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.’ Staying satisfied is not something you learn overnight. It has taken me years of practice to be content and not wanting anything more than what I have right now. I am not a patient person; I like things to happen right now! However, being a Christ-follower means things will not happen right when I want them to. Everything happens in God’s timing and for a reason. There is a reason behind every detail of your life. In addition, during that waiting, you have to be content with what God has given you right now. I am thankful I learned to be content when I was ten so it makes the waiting a little less painful. Being content is not easy nor painless, but I think it is a requirement for life.

 

I chose at the beginning of the year to be content with whatever God threw at me. And this year God has thrown a lot at me (and it’s only May), but I know if I cannot stand up under the pressure, He is right there for me.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”-1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

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