Imagine for a moment that you are driving down the road and come across that house you love- the three story brick house that sits on a private pond and acres of land. You say to yourself, “I wish that was my house.” Your heart begins to sink because your house is not as grand. You begin to lament your place in life- you were not born rich, you do not make enough money to afford a house like that, and so on and so forth. Have you ever considered that the house you love could be a burden to its owner and would become a burden to you, thus causing you to resent the house you idolize? The grand estate you envision will no doubt cost more than your house which would translate into higher mortgage payments, higher costs in insurance, property taxes, and maintenance.
A lack of contentment will always lead to discouragement, maybe even depression. How many times of dwelling on the past hurts or fearing the future have taken us away from enjoying the present moment? Have you spent more time mourning for those not in your life at the expense of rejoicing with the people you have around you? We should live each day as if it were our last and enjoy what God has given us this day. I know there will be hard times and difficulties, but we must learn to find joy even in the midst of bad situations. I am currently going through this myself and I have had my struggles with this as well.
The Apostle Paul is a great example of a man who found contentment even in the worst of circumstances. Scripture tells us that Paul was rejected, beaten, left for dead, imprisoned, shipwrecked, and martyred for his testimony of Christ, yet he could rejoice.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4, NIV).
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him [Christ] who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13, NIV, brackets mine).
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:6-10, NIV).
Therefore, brothers and sisters, let us find contentment in our lives. Though your current circumstances may not be ideal, God has allowed them in your life and we must give Him praise. When we do come into a blessing, let us enjoy it and not allow it to become a burden or taskmaster, for one day we will be gone and someone else may have it. Christ has taken care of your eternity. Do not mourn the past. Find contentment in the present. Rejoice in the abundance of your blessings.