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Be Content

Be Content

 

We've all heard that before, right?

Have you ever asked yourself, "How could that possibly apply to the situation I'm in right now?"

I suppose there's some confusion about what it means to be content.  Does content mean happy?  No.  So what, then, does it mean?Cornucopia

A lot of dictionaries equate contentment to satisfaction, but I can't quite go there yet.  I might have an oddball perception of the word satisfaction, though.  I admit that.  I think of satisfaction as that feeling after Thanksgiving dinner when you've eaten everything you can and you're hanging out with family and friends – it's that state of being filled to the brim with all the good things in life.

When the Bible talks about contentment, though, there's no promise that you're going to have all the good things in life.  In fact, there's no guarantee that you're going to have any of the good things in life.  Ouch.

Is it possible to find contentment when you're not filled to the brim?

Yes, I believe it is.

Here's a Heather-ism.  My own personal paraphrase of Hebrews 13:5.

Be content with what you have.  For God Himself has promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

God should be enough.  God is enough.  If we have God, we can be content.  We can rest in Him.  We can find that inner peace that at times seems so elusive.  And he promises us in Hebrews 13 that we will always have Him.  He will never leave.  He will not abandon ship.  He will not bail and go find an easier person to care about.  He will not quit on, walk away from, or give up on me.  Or you.

No matter what else is going on in the world or our lives, God made a promise, and in that promise, we can find the contentment that seems so out of reach.  Give it a try.  For just a minute, take your eyes off the chaos and pain that feels like it's about to topple you over.  Now put your eyes on the One who is by your side, who wants to help you find contentment in the midst of it all.

So here, then, I come back to the idea of contentment and whether or not it means the same thing as my after-Thanksgiving-dinner idea of satisfaction.

 

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.

You honor me by anointing my head with oil.

My cup overflows with blessings.

(Psalm 23:5, NLT)

 

Hm.  Maybe I was wrong.  (Don't tell my husband or teenage son I said that!)  Maybe being content is a lot like being satisfied.  God does fill our cup to overflowing, and he doesn't fill it with coffee or champagne or expensive chocolates.  He fills it with blessings.  And he doesn't prepare a dinner – He prepares a feast for us.  Can you imagine what a feast made by God looks like?

If the cups are filled with blessings, what's on the plates?

Here's my two cents – a whole lot of love and forgiveness and strength.  That's way better than anything I'm going to fix for Thanksgiving this year.

I hope you can hear my big heartfelt sigh of contentment.

Life isn't always easy.  As a matter of fact, I think it rarely, if ever, is.  But here in the middle of the storm, I can be content.  I hope you can, too.

 

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