Contentment

I have noticed that social media stirs discontentment in my heart. Am I alone in this?

Airy, light, perfectly clean and decorated rooms, bookshelf styling, manicured lawns, coordinating wardrobes, mothers who have a seasonal craft prepared for every day of the week…it’s just too much for me. I feel I don’t measure up.

I have to remind myself that these images show ONE MOMENT, not the real story. I envision my three little guys running around in those airy, white, clean rooms, climbing onto the coffee table and emptying the “styled bookshelves”.

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The Apostle Paul was able to say that he had found contentment, no matter his situation (Philippians 4:11).

I desire to say the same thing. I want to be content in my life. I don’t want to look back and realize that I spent my days longing for the next thing to do or next step to take. I want to enjoy the step I’m on.

I want contentment in who I am, what God called me to do, my current financial situation, my talents, etc.

Paul says he was able to say this because of this promise: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

I cannot find contentment without Christ. He must be in my life and I must follow His leading. The only way I can do that is to focus on Him, spend time with Him, and ask for and seek His wisdom, insight, and understanding.

If I’m focusing on Him, I won’t be spending time looking around at what I do not have and I will enjoy this day and this season.

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