For a couple of weeks, I've done pretty good at accomplishing that, but not this week. This week has been crazy busy and I've found myself having to go somewhere everyday. I'm usually just getting home in time to cook (barely) a bite for supper and in the evenings when DH is home, I try to stay off the computer and spend my time with him.
But that's not what this post is about...
I'm reading my devotions this morning and just having some one on One time with God and I'm taken to this scripture..
"Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little." Philippians 4: 11-12, NLT (emphasis mine)
It's easy, or so it seems, for me to find myself not being content. It's not in the "big" things....my marriage is awesome, my teens are awesome. I love our old, always in need of something being fixed house. My car is beautiful and paid for. I'm quite content with those things.
But it's those little things I find myself getting hung up on.....If I could only find curtains to match the bedspread...if I could get the pool water a little clearer...if I could grill chicken without burning the edges...if I could decorate my house as cool as ________ does.....
Don't roll your eyes or laugh..think about it.
It doesn't always come easy to me. But apparently, it didn't come easy to Paul either because in the above verses he said that he learned to be content.
To learn something means you are a student, you have to be taught. It means you don't know how to do something. So, Paul didn't know how to be content, he had to learn it....his words.
So if a great a man as Paul had to learn contentment, maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself, maybe I should just become a better student.
How to learn contentment?
Look out of my box. Get away from the tunnel vision that satan would love to keep me bound in.
The pool water isn't crystal clear?? At least we have a pool to jump in and cool off in these 100º days!
Curtains don't perfectly match the bedspread?? At least I have a house to hang curtains in!
Stop complaining about burnt chicken edges and thank God that I have chicken to eat.....and a ton of other stuff!
Decorating my house?? Again, thank God I have a house to decorate.
Does being discontent go hand in hand with self-pity?
I think so.
Self-pity has us so bound in the poor me mind frame that we can't be content....and that's just how Satan would like it.
So...with this morning's devotion I have decided that with God's help, I'm going to fight satan's little plan of keeping me discontent and dissatisfied.
"But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one." 1 Thessalonians 3:3, NLT