Choosing Contentment in Life

sheep lying in a field

Contented Sheep
Berkshires Massachusetts

When I choose God I choose contentment.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
Psalm 16:5-6

David said that.
When I chose God the big questions of my life got answered.
I knew why I was here and where I was going next. I discovered what David found; I had a beautiful inheritance. I also knew God was holding me in His hands. That brought a comfort and peace that has stayed with me.

When I chose Jesus I found the One who would forever satisfy my needs. I wouldn’t have to chase after money or the things it can buy because I have Him.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

When I chose God I found in Him the secret of contentment.

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
Philippians 4:11-13

I’ve let circumstances get in between me and God a few times in my life.
Discontentment is the first thing to creep back in when I stray from God. I begin to compare my ‘situation’ to another’s and I feel competition, envy, and resentment. Then the striving begins. How can I get what I want, what I think I need? The feeling doesn’t go away until I make things right with God. That strength and power I received through my relationship with Jesus just dries up.

That’s when it dawns on me that I’ve been living in my own strength. I feel weak and out of step with God.
But thankfully it only takes a second to ‘turn back to Him’.

saying

Contentment Prayer

3 Comments on “Choosing Contentment in Life

  1. So many poor souls stumble through life as though in the darkness, looking for the answers to life’s questions. Yet it isn’t until we find the Light that we can see the way…

    Steve Pejay

    • That’s why we keep talking about Jesus, isn’t it Steve? We want others to have His light in their lives and get their life questions answered. Spreading the word of His love.

      • “…if we walk in the Light as he is in the Light…the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

        We haven’t any chance at salvation and freedom from sin until we walk with God in Christ Jesus. The world can look in every other place, yet won’t find answers until they come into the Light of God.

        Thanks as always, Kelly, for the comments!
        Steve

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