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Lately, God has brought to mind areas where I find I’m really discontent; my appearance, organization, and especially in the areas of writing. I want to lose the weight, I want to write eight hours a day and publish more. I want my house to be neat twenty – four seven.

I looked up what discontentment is and Webster’s puts it this way: it is dissatisfaction with ones situation. Some of the synonyms gave me a better understanding: unease, restlessness, disgruntled and unhappy were the ones that stood out the most.

One afternoon a tragic accident happened in which one of my husband’s co-workers was killed on the job. I looked back on my wants and realized all the above are frivolous. In truth, many times the discontentment comes from comparing myself with others. But God says in His word:

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

If my most important ministry, my family, is neglected then everything else is meaningless.  If I get all that I want and desire, yet miss making an impact for God in others lives or doing what He has planned for me, my focus is in the wrong place.

God impressed on my heart that those things I am discontent about, many times become all consuming, which then turn into idols. Does it mean those things aren’t good? Not at all. I need to lose the weight for health reasons. Writing is what God has called me to do but is it still a ministry or has it become more than that?   Have these desires become obsessions?

I need to be content in all circumstances. For discontentment reaps misery. Contentment reaps joy.

Are there areas in your life where you are discontent?

Take them to the Lord. Let Him replace the discontentment with His peace and contentment. For His word encourages us:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” I Timothy 6:6-8

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