Discontentment to Joy

joyHave you been discontented lately? Wanting more and becoming restless? I have. Life has been overwhelming lately with all the bills and financial obligations. It has really made me uneasy and I feel like I need to do more. I have been thinking about possibilities and most of the time, I end up feeling anxious and trapped.

I realize that I have been focusing too much on my problems and forgetting how big and great my God is. As soon as I refocused my thinking on Him, the anxious feeling and the uncertainty of our future didn’t seem to matter as much as it did.

As I have been meditating on Psalms lately and Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” has touched my heart. I just need to see that the Lord is leading us where we would grow, providing for our daily needs, protecting us from harm and that He is with us every step of the way. I remembered that God has called me to be faithful in fulfilling my roles – as a wife, a mom, sister, daughter, friend and disciple of Christ. And lift everything to Him. I just need to trust in His goodness and in His love. The discontentment has now  been replaced with thankfulness and abounding joy.

If you are feeling discontented and anxious:

Take a step back. Refocus your thoughts on God’s faithfulness. God has provided for everything you needed before, He will surely help you through your current situation.

Trust in God. God knows what is best for us and He will lead us there. Surrender your worries and let God be God in your situation.

Thank God. The antidote for discontentment is to be thankful and grateful. Reflect on all the blessings God has given you and reflect on God’s character. This will definitely give you peace and joy, no matter what circumstances you are facing. Let us not allow our selves to wallow in discontentment, but seek God to find lasting joy.

Comments

  1. Mom-Friday says:

    I have been feeling that too this year… discontent with what I have accomplished so far, discontent with how my kid is doing in school, with my contributions (and lack thereof) to the family income… etc. etc. I guess it’s mid-life crisis also and the increasing cost of living, esp. with the high tuition fees of the kids!!! :D Thanks for this reminder Chris, to surrender, and to count our blessings instead.

    • chris says:

      Thanks for leaving a note Michelle. It is encouraging to know that there are other people who feels the same way as I do. Let us all be reminded to be grateful. :)

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