Satisfaction...Not Settling!

“To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come.” -T.G.

I was talking to a friend this week and sharing with them some of my dreams and plans for life.  Well to be truthful I was actually complaining about God’s timing on things happening in my life.  I was wondering why God wouldn’t just let me have control of the timeline of events in my life.  Silly right? Made total sense to me … a recovering control freak.  In a very stern voice she said you need to learn how to be content with where you are and then maybe God can do some things for you. WHAT!!!

If you only knew how much I hate hearing the statement: Be content! When I've heard those words in the past this is how they translated in my mind: settle, don’t ask for more, you have what you deserve, that’s all you can expect, be happy where ever you are and don’t expect anything to change; suck it up buttercup, this is your life... love it and live it!

However that day, I heard something new...TRUST GOD!  Let go!  His time is perfect! He’s been trying to do things for you and get things to you but your unwillingness to be content is stopping what He wants to do.  I heard truth in those words that day.  I had to look up the definition for contentment.  First I went to the Bible: 

1 Timothy 6:8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

Next I went to the dictionary: Contentment: the state of being happy and satisfied, the state of being content, freedom from worry or restlessness, peaceful satisfaction. That was the nail in the coffin so to speak! 

When I read those two scriptures and Webster’s definition of contentment, it made sense! I have more than enough. God has and will continue to supply everything I need and most importantly, I can be content with the help of Christ.  It’s not something that God is asking me to do all by myself. He knew it would be hard so he gave a friendly reminder through Paul, you can do everything with the help of Christ!

When I place my hope in Christ, I don’t have to freak out because things don’t happen when I think they should. Having to wait on God is not a sign that He has forgotten about me, it is a sign that He is making things perfect for me and causing them to come to pass when its best for me!  I want to encourage with those words: BE CONTENT! Learn to turn your complaints into praise and watch God do some amazing things for you!!