In this season of my life I have two kids under two, I’ll be celebrating my 5th marriage anniversary this year, and I’m growing and developing in new ways than before. In this place God has filled me with new vision for the future. I have new goals and more promises to see fulfilled, but I’m also learning to be content with what I have.
Being content with what I have requires me to see the future but be thankful for the now. It’s requiring me to be thankful for the joys of having two kids under two. I have to be thankful for the skills I’m learning now that are preparing me for the future version of myself. I’m learning how to be a good steward of what God has given me. I’m learning how to be content with what I have.
Over time I’ve realized that many times we can be so focused on what’s next that we don’t stop to smell the roses. We can be so busy looking at the future goals that we don’t realize that what we have now is supposed to prepare us for those goals.
I wanted to write this post to share some strategies I’m learning to apply for being content and being faithful in my current season:
Love Is Not Self-Seeking
“Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,” 1 Corinthians 13:5 NASB
In 1 Corinthians 13, when Paul is writing about love, he describes it as not seeking after your own interests. I’m finding that one way to become discontent is by focusing on your own ambition. Seeking after opportunity and advancement over flourishing in the moment. Seeking after your own promotion rather than waiting for God to open the door for you that no man can shut. This is one quick way to become discontent because you soon realize it’s not working out!
This can come from a sincere place, as God gives us words and visions for the future. We can unintentionally fall into trying to get there in our own strength. We start trying to figure it out instead of resting in faithfulness until the appointed time of elevation.
So here’s my plea to continue to be faithful with what you know to do until God clearly gives you something else to do. Whether that faithfulness comes in the form of being a good manager of your home, or faithfully sowing into your marriage by planning date nights, or continuing to follow the word of God by having dominion over your emotions… you can do it!
God Gives the Growth
“So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:7 NASB
In continuing with what we know to do, whether that’s through praying and spending time with God or being intentional about helping others right where you are, we are watering the seeds God has put in us for the future. Our current faithfulness allows us to develop the skills needed in order to be successful in the next place.
Through our watering of the seeds we’ve been given, we are showing God that we trust Him. At the appointed time He will come to shift our lives to witnessing the manifestation of our goals.
Being a Servant
“But the greatest of you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11 NASB
Lastly, one way to be content in your current season is by using what you have for the benefit of others. God has really been breaking this down for me in a new way by showing me that even things that we consider intangible are tools that we can use to bless others.
Sometimes our mind might go directly to money or clothes as ways we can bless others. But even our knowledge, talents, and abilities are ways to bless others. That might have been obvious to some, but for me it’s been sticking out more lately. How can we bless others around us with skills like organization or knowledge about things like blogging? All of those are tools we can use to take the position as a servant.
Wherever you are in life, I’m encouraging you to practice being faithful and practice being content because that is where your happy place is for that season. Everything might not be perfect, but it’s in doing your best with what you have that you continue to have more! If you want to learn more about how to keep true peace and joy check out my newest ebook Unbothered!