Living in a time where everyone’s highlight reel is on display, it’s hard when you feel like you don’t have enough, or even that you are not enough. Those feelings can activate our desires to want more or achieve more to the point where we can never be satisfied with what we already have. Let’s change that this year and dive into the keys for cultivating a heart of contentment:
Gratitude is an active choice to focus on what we have instead of homing in on what we don’t. When we find ourselves in the constant pursuit of “more” or when we’re frustrated about our circumstances, let’s take a moment to acknowledge what we’re grateful for. To help foster an attitude of gratitude, write down 10 things you are grateful for. It might seem extensive, but by coming up with 10 reasons you’re grateful, you focus on appreciating the little things. Another way to create an atmosphere of gratefulness is to start your day with a gratitude walk. During your gratitude walk, say out loud (or think about) what you’re grateful for. You can even name things that haven’t happened yet to prepare yourself to have the right heart posture when they come.
On social media, everyone has a great life. Perfectly curated feeds paired with beautiful aesthetics can make you feel like you’re not doing something right. But we urge you: Don’t get caught up in that. Oftentimes, we hear people say, “You don’t know what they went through to get that,” which is true; but more importantly, what’s for you is for you. God is so amazing that He has given each of us our own gifts, talents, and purposes. He didn’t forget about you. When comparison gets the best of you, remember there’s only one you. No one can be “you” better than you can, and no one can take away what God has promised you. It simply can’t happen. Understanding that what’s meant for you will not pass you by eases your emotions. When we become so focused on what someone else has or what they’re doing, we start to desire things we don’t even want. It’s OK to admire someone’s accomplishments or the great things happening in their lives, but don’t allow that to make you feel like you’re behind or that you’re not doing enough.
God is all-knowing. When we ask Him for His perspective on things that confuse or frustrate us, His view gives us so much clarity. In our humanness, we tend to be emotional about things that God already has a solution for — but we can’t see that from our distorted view of our circumstances. Sometimes our situations are magnified to us, but from God’s perspective, they’re incredibly small. Sometimes, God will instruct us to do something, but we feel like it’s too big for us. But if God called you to it, why wouldn’t he equip you for it? Make a habit of asking: “Lord, show me Your perspective of this situation. Give me Your perspective of myself.”
Prayer shouldn’t be our last resort; it should be our first response. When we come to God with our cares, concerns, or burdens, there’s so much peace in being in His presence. We often pray for peace in the midst of turmoil, but peace is a byproduct of simply spending time with Him. Trust that He hears you, and when nothing seems to be happening, He’s moving.
Before you go, we want to leave you with scriptures to meditate on as you cultivate a heart of contentment:
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Lean on this scripture when you don’t know what’s next. Instead of getting flustered about what’s going on around you, rest in knowing that God is in control.
Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
In every circumstance, remember: All things are working together for your good. You may not see it right now, but let this promise soothe your spirit in those challenging moments.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV)
This scripture pushes you to keep going! Keep believing, keep praying, and keep holding on to His promise. Your breakthrough is on the way.
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