When Now When Series
Be Content Now
The Problem: Not feeling satisfied with your season in life.
The Solution: God creates seasons in my life for me as I grow into His image.
You would think that as a Christian I would be content with the season of life that God has allowed me to be in. Although it is an honor to be a wife and a mother at times I haven’t always been content. Often times I have found myself comparing myself to other people that I admire and instead of feeling grateful and satisfied for what I have I would be longing to be in a position similar to theirs.
Comparing is a sure way to find yourself not content!
When I was in high school I wanted to date and never did. Then in my freshman year of college I still wanted to be able to go on a date. I began to feel like their was some flaw in me. If guys didn’t want to date me what was wrong. All my friends were dating. Am I a reject? I compared myself to everyone around me. I wasn’t content.
After being married I tried for two years to have a baby. All my friends were having children. Why couldn’t I? Am I not meant to be a mother?
Goodness it always seems as if the grass is greener on the other side. When I am around people that have similar desires as I do and they seem to be reaching the goals I want then I find myself malcontent and not appreciating the season of life that God has me in right now.
In my love to be the person God created me to be I lost sight of one thing. I lost sight on how to be content with the situation I was in.
Today my contentment level is much better than it use to be however at times I see myself comparing saying things like:
Her prayers are much better than mine.
She has so much talent. I wish I could be more like her.
Although I have everything I ever dreamed of I still find myself comparing my life to others and wishing I could be more like them.
So I tend to go into a downward spiral…..wishing that I could be better, finding that I am now putting myself down and finding fault in the littlest things. I am no longer content with who I am. I want more. I want to be better. I want to have it all. Be it all and do it all.
It is only when I am willing to give up my comparisons that I find I can be content with the situation that I am in.
Each season that I have been in good things take place. It may not have always been easy but there was positive things about those times of my life. If I spend all my time comparing myself to others than I am loosing the precious time of the season that I am in now. I am not enjoying the blessing of now.
I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation.
For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13
Transforming step: Do you have a person or a group of people that you are comparing yourself to? Make a list of their strengths and gifts and than make a list of your own strengths and gifts. What season are you wishing to be a part of? What season are you in right now? What is good about the season you are in? Write this all down and praise God for the blessings He has given you.