We all have been there before; you know when you start looking around at others and what they have. It’s one of Satan’s traps for us to easily fall into and if we are not careful we can fall into “the trap” and then we end up staying there longer than we should.
“It sucks us in….and before we realize we are unhappy with our family, our kids, and our life.”
Contentment is truly being satisfied where we are…. Satisfied with our material possessions….. Satisfied with our life! (Now don’t get me wrong, we should never be satisfied with our spiritual growth) But what we are talking about is contentment in our daily life. Here are some ways to check to see if you are content:
- Are you comparing yourself with others?
- Do you desire your material things to always be “up to date”?
- Do you find yourself having thoughts about “getting more”?
- Are you spending excess amounts of money to “keep up” with others?
If you answered yes to any of these, you may be on your way to falling into the trap of discontentment.
For some of us, this may be an area where we are just weak in. We need to hand it over to the Lord and ask God for a thankful heart and to be grateful for what He has provided. This may be a daily prayer for some of us. We should also strive to be happy for others when the Lord blesses them.
Also, another thing I found to be helpful is a “gratitude” journal. Write down daily the things that you are thankful for. Jot down things that you see God providing for. Also, write down the things that you are thankful for in your family.
All these things will help cultivate a heart of contentment. It will keep our prospective in line with what is really important to God. That is family, telling others about God’s love, & being a woman with a satisfied heart for what God has done!
…in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11
Godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6