I have lived under the impression that the only way to be truly content is to always be reaching for the next big thing. I find myself often asking, “what’s next?”
I have recently discovered that always reaching, always striving does not make me content at all. It makes me frustrated. It makes me anxious. It makes me unhappy.
I am learning to be content with my life exactly the way it is. I am content being single. I am content with my employment situation. I am content with my kids in the house. I am content in my spirit.
That does not mean that I don’t want more.
What it means is that I can accept that things will change when they change. God’s ways are higher than my ways and God’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts. His timing is perfect.
And while I’m waiting I will be content.
Walking around frustrated because I can’t have “it” now is putting lines on my face.
It’s just not worth it.
Walking around trying to figure out how I can manipulate different situations so they turn out for my good is foolish and exhausting.
I am content.
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)