This week was a milestone birthday week for me. I am officially a member of the 40’s club. I remember when I turned 30 being distraught over the fact that I hadn’t made any of the notable 30 under 30 lists that I’d followed over the years. I guess a few more years of experience and wisdom (and probably the 4 kids) have me singing a different tune. I’m excited to join the 40 club, and as I was reading my daily Bible study plan, the message I heard was contentment.
Y’all, what I know for sure is life is good. It is truly well with my soul. Now, does that mean everything is rosy and perfect…HECK NO! Give me a pen and paper and I could write a laundry list of things I’d like to change about myself, my marriage, my husband, the kids, our finances, this blog, the world, etc. But even with those things, I’ve had a good…no, make that FANTASTIC, 40 years of living.
I like how my study Bible explains contentment–our acceptance of God’s will in our lives.
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” -I Timothy 6:6
The study Bible goes on further to say that “if godliness and contentment depend on our environment or circumstances, both will always be unstable.” Talk about an aha moment.
I can say without a doubt that I have struggled with contentment throughout the years–as a young kid, high school teen, single adult, young married, mother, wife and other steps in my life.
However, as I look to the next 40+ years of my life, I want to live each day genuinely happy and content with God’s will in and for my life.
The challenge is that godly contentment is not our, and certainly not my, natural response. It’s a “learned response” that “lies well beyond our abilities.” Fortunately, we have a God who will get us there if we ask.