"But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world."
1 Timothy 6:6-7 ESV
When I think about the ways my faith has changed me through these past few years, one word stands out to me the most. That word is contentment. There was a time in my life when I looked at this word in a negative way. I mean, it seemed like a word people used when they had given up striving for more. I would come to learn that I was very wrong in this assumption. When I recall the younger woman I once was, I can still see and feel her discontentment with the circumstances of her life. She was so busy trying to find contentment in people, experiences or material possessions that she was missing the only thing that would truly satisfy her soul.
My old ways of thinking led me to believe that I was in charge of my life and that all the good, bad or ugly was on my shoulders. It all depended on me. I thought that if I had someone to love and care for me, everything would all work out and I would be “happy”. I thought that I needed to navigate this life on my own and that I needed to have all the answers. I thought that I could buy my way to a joy filled life, if only I could earn more money. These beliefs, among others, are what led to great discontentment.
The most impactful way that my faith has changed me is that now I know the circumstances of my life are in the most precious hands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It all depends on Him and I don’t have to feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. I know that He loves me and that happiness and joy come from knowing and trusting in Him. I know I don’t have all the answers and that’s ok, because my Father in Heaven will show me the answers in His time. My faith started as a small flame that could have been blown out as quickly as it started, but God has changed my heart and the more I seek Him the more I find the peace I desired as I was wandering through the wilderness of life in the desert.
My faith has changed because I have changed. That discontented woman is gone. Are there times when I still feel the discontentment creeping back in? Of course! I have had (and still have) my moments of doubt, fear or dissatisfaction. But those are the times when He leads me back to His Word and the more I read, the more I am reminded that true joy can only be found in Jesus. The circumstances of our lives are ever changing, but HE never changes. Praise Him that we can rest in that truth today.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
DAY ONE: How has your faith in God changed you over the years? Spend some time reflecting on the magnificent work that God has done in your life and share some of your faith journey on the blog to encourage other women.
DAY TWO: Are there areas of your life where you are feeling discontentment or doubt? Pray that the Lord would encourage you through His Word and replace those feelings with His truth. Share with us how you combat those feelings of discontentment and doubt in your life.
DAY THREE: Who do you know that is still depending on worldly things to bring joy? How can you reach out to them to share the true joy that can be theirs in Christ? Pray for them and share with us your story of finding contentment in Him.