Be content. Find joy in all situations. That’s what we are told to do and that’s what we know we are supposed to do.
But being content doesn’t mean we have to be complacent.
That’s a fear of mine. Accepting what life is, but never shooting for the stars I once dreamt of.
So many times we get caught up in the mundane of the every day. While, yes, we need to be content and rejoice even on the simplest of days, that does not mean we have to settle with not having more.
Philipians 4:12 tells us to be content when “living in plenty or in want.” It doesn’t say we can’t want, strive, and hope to be better.
There has to be a balance. We can’t dwell on our dreams so much that we become stressed and worried every day, but we can’t just give them up for the sake of being content.
God wants us to be happy with what we have and use that to help others and help ourselves. He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4) but we do have to work for what we want.
He does not want us to sit and be idle. Being content goes hand in hand with patience. Being patient is crucial, but being patient does not mean sitting around and waiting. God wants us to bet content and patient in waiting for His plans to come to fruition, but He wants us to put in work and use the talents and resources He gives us to see the things He has in store.
I think we are caught up in a world of either too much or too little. We have lost the art of “in between.” We either go 110 mph or come to a screeching halt, and that’s no way to live.
If you don’t like your job, it doesn’t mean you have to quit tomorrow, but it doesn’t mean you have to stay for the next four years either. It means you should be content with where you are, but be consistent in working toward where you’re going.
If you don’t like your living situation, you may have to save money for a while before you can change it, so rejoice in where you live and make the best of it, but make an effort each day to change it.
No matter what aspect of your life you are not totally happy with, you can find the positive in it and be content and calm in knowing that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)
No matter where you go in life, for the rest of your life, contentment will be the threshold for your joy. Where you are content, you will also be at peace and be joyful. But that never means you should give it up and call it quits on things you dream of doing every single day.
Be content in your dreams too. They are in your heart and soul for a reason, so be content in the fact that you have goals, dreams, and hopes for yourself and for people you love. It’s a blessing to want more for ourselves, but we can’t allow that to make us unappreciative of what we already have.
It’s a balancing act, this life thing. And we have to find the dead center balance between being content and not being complacent and stuck.
You have a light inside you that’s getting ready to ignite. Doing it the right way and putting in the work will make that fire burn brighter and longer than it will by losing your contentment and being irrational in your life choices.
Contentment means patience means reaching your goal at the right time, right place, and with the right heart attitude.