Thoughts on Contentment

16 03 2010

Hey guys,

Check it out….March is halfway over!  Holy cow!  Does anybody else feel like time is flying?!  We’ve got our first Connections gathering in two weeks, March 28th 3pm-6pm at the Plainfield Hampton Inn.  Plan on coming!  We’ll have a time of worship together, a pretty cool speaker (yours truly), some small group fellowship time, and FOOD!  Don’t miss it!  The other thing to start thinking about is our upcoming College Camp at Quaker Haven.  I know Quaker Haven is a pretty cool place and many of you have wonderful memories of how God worked in your life there.  So we are going to provide a weekend camp for you guys this May.  More details will be coming soon.  The dates will be May 21-23.  Get it on your calendar now!!

Contentment by Mariya Jones

I attended a retreat this weekend, with women from a church my parents have been attending, where we talked about contentment. The lady leading the retreat was using a book called Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. Mrs. Dillow was a missionary for many years in Asia and Europe and used many of her experiences to teach her readers about how to have contentment in their lives. Our leader told us that contentment is not something that God just grants but is often a result of something that he changes within us. We often feel tired and dissatisfied with our lives or something particular in our lives and want God to change it. But he changes our perspective about things instead of changing that thing we feel so discontented with.

We started by talking about our view of contentment and what that word means. The leader expressed that contentment really means realizing that God is in control.

1 Timothy 6:15

“God is the blessed controller of all things.”

We don’t act content with what we have because we don’t realize that we must submit to God. He is the controller and ruler of everything, even us. As humans we try so hard to maintain control of our lives or even one thing just to feel like we aren’t loosing it. But God asks us to lose it everyday and give it all to him. If we aren’t willing to give him everything in our lives, we don’t deserve it anyway because he gave it to us in the first place by giving us life!

We went on to talk about where we struggle with contentment in our lives. For many of us that is a long list. We don’t realize how often we complain; even about the most minute thing. I was on Facebook looking at statuses and feeling very down. So many people complain in their status about what is going wrong in their day. How many times do we stop to update people on the good things? How many times do we stop to thank God for just dying for us and in turn giving us life? Shouldn’t we be content just for having life and the opportunity to do something beautiful with that life?

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”

God doesn’t want us to dwell on the bad things, but to find joy and peace in the good. Finding happiness and contentment doesn’t always come from having a great life. Many people in third world countries are the most kind and joyful people you will meet, despite their circumstances. Contentment is all about our attitudes and the way we choose to see things. If we just follow what God asks us to do, our lives will be more content because we have obeyed him and that is much easier than fighting with him. Can I get an AMEN on that one?!

May you find ways to be content this week!

Praying for you!

To the King!

Katy

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