Her autumnal mani looks so chic. My nails look like garbage…
That Kate Spade bag is to die for. Makes my purse look pretty pathetic…
Her legs are just endless. I bet she could rock a romper….
How many times a day do you fall into this trap of envy, shortly followed by the slap of discontentment?
Is it just me, or is it dangerously easy to do this throughout the day without even noticing?
Guilty as charged here.
Sometimes, it seems easier to think contentment is just one perfectly landscaped yard, one Range Rover, or one dress size away. Why is it so hard to rejoice in the beauty of our own circumstances God has presented us? Why are we so quick to seek our fulfillment in things of this world that we know, at the end of the day, are fruitless and empty?
As a teacher, we are constantly looking ahead to when the next break is (sorry friends in Corsicana, we’re in marathon mode with no break until Thanksgiving…tough apples). I catch myself pining for chilly autumn days, eager to have this next month of inevitable heat behind me (being cold is one of my top five favorite pastimes). I keep thinking how I can’t wait for my students to gain more maturity and independence that will come in a few more months.
Do you find yourself fantasizing about future happiness that may never come into fruition? Maybe you long for the day you’re out of debt, your children are moved out, you have more leisure time, you lose those last ten pounds.
Meanwhile, as we daydream about things that may never be, we are letting the present moments of beauty and blessing trickle by without even noticing.
When life gets real and all stability seems crumbling around you- your health, your finances, your family, your job- it can be nearly impossible to rejoice at what God is doing in your life. However, we always have reason to rejoice.
While many things we imagine will make us complete are mere fantasies, the love-filled relationship we have with our Savior is not one of those things. The reality of our God is that He is eternal, unchanging, and plenty visible in our lives if we stop thinking of ourselves for two seconds to see the blessings He places in our day-to-day lives.
Philippians 4:4 reminds us- Rejoice is the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice!
Paul wasn’t telling the Philippians to rejoice only when life is all beaming rainbows and sparkling unicorns. He commands to ALWAYS rejoice, to feel and show delight and joy always.
So how can we savor the present more and find contentment in what God is doing right NOW?
First, I think it is so valuable to schedule a daily, routine quiet time with God- a time to share your heart, to share your fears, to share your praises- to get real with your Savior. More than anything else, He wants that quality time with us.
Second, I start each day, each quiet time, reciting my favorite verse- Psalms 118:24- This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. When that is the first statement I whisper to Jesus in the morning, it’s kinda challenging to get too absorbed in my selfish tendencies and envious inclinations that too often pollute my thoughts.
Lastly, during your quiet time, be intentional about thanksgiving, acknowledging what beautiful miracles He is working in your life or the lives around you. Often, something as simple as a sunrise or a well-timed hug from a student can remind me of what goodness God has placed in my life.
So I still am really psyched to stop seeing temperature in the 90’s, and I’m practicing some serious self-discipline to NOT buy pumpkins and gourds to adorn my porches and tables with in my home. Looking forward to excitement in the future is not a bad thing; it becomes harmful when we stop appreciating what wonder God is doing right now in our lives.
There is something God has in store for you right now, in this very moment. He has joy for you to discover today, a purpose that He has planned just for you. So live this day for His purpose, for His joy He enrobes us with, and remember your contentment is always unwavering in Him.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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