Truth Tuesday – Wanting Nothing More Than What I Have

by Kathy

ContentmentPaul says in Philippians 4:12 this – “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation”.    I have to admit there are times that I have struggled with this verse.  As I have persevered through circumstances, being content has been the furthest thing from my mind on many a day!  Instead, my focus has been on the emotional frustrations of wanting out of the situation.  Here is where I can get can easily get trapped into feeling very discontented!

Recently, I sat down with my journal, and let my heart pour out in words the truths that I need to remind myself on days when am feeling discontent.  Let me share with you what I wrote.

Journal entry…

‘The Greek word rendered “content” in Philippians 4:12 denotes more that a reluctant acceptance.  It literally means “to be satisfied to the point where I am no longer disturbed or disquieted”.   To know this kind of contentment, I must enter His Presence, surrender the “me” feelings, take my eyes off the circumstances, and fix them solely on God.  The process of surrendering and fixing my eyes on God, begins when I stop pleading for my desire to be out of the circumstance  and surrender to His plan.”

Here are a couple of question that I am learning to prayerfully ask God when I am feeling discontented and inpatient with my circumstances:

  • “God what are you trying to reveal to me that I would never discover if You were to suddenly pluck me out of this situation?”
  • “God, what godly character qualities are you trying to grow in me as I persevere through this situation?” (compassion, trust, patience, self control, gentle and quiet spirit, love, etc.)

I am finding over and over in my walk as a Christ follower that true contentment is not merely having what I want.  True contentment comes when I learn to want nothing more than what I have, and look for how God wants to live through me in that circumstance.

Elisabeth Elliott wrote this – “The difference is Christ in me – not me in a different set of circumstances”.

When we adopt this attitude, we live out the truth of being content!

Is your heart feeling disturbed and disquieted in your current circumstances?  Let me encourage you to prayerfully ask God the two questions I mentioned above.  Journal your thoughts about this.  Surrender your heart to the Lord and let Him live out His likeness in your reality !

Wishing you a heart full of contentment right where you are!  Have a Grace Full week!

5 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – Wanting Nothing More Than What I Have”

  1. Dee says:

    “True contentment comes when I learn to want nothing more than what I have, and look for how God wants to live through me in that circumstance.”

    This is so timely. I spent Saturday discouraged over some circumstances and sat Sunday morning in church watching a video of children open their Operation Christmas Child boxes with such gratefulness and love. Amazing how perspective can change in an instant. I pray I will continually surrender and fix my eyes on my God.

  2. Sheryl says:

    I struggle with this continually…the”me” feeling, as you said. I pray that I can focus more on Him, and less of me.

  3. Tammy says:

    Wow! I know I am a week behind, but I really needed this! We are going through some tough stuff right now, but what you said is SO true! We need to find that joy and contentment right here, right now, and not always be looking ahead to what could be, or what we want it to be…..thanks Kathy!

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