I was fumbling through my Bible app, looking for a scripture I thought I bookmarked, when I came across this: "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:12-13
It is amazing how much we can get accomplished, when we aren't focusing on our lack. I have found that when I keep my focus on Jesus, I am able to concentrate on my tasks and accomplish them. It is not until I start looking at what I don't have, what I need, or what I had that I start to sink. Do you remember the story of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:22-36). Jesus instructed Peter to get out of the boat and walk toward Him. Before this Jesus had to reassure his disciples that everything was fine. I have found that when we get into a pinch we panic and forget what is important. Jesus said "Take courage. It is I! Do not be afraid." Do not be afraid, God is with you. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was content. It is the same way with us. I feel that we aren't content, when we look to man for solutions instead of reading God's word and praying. How can you be content when you don't appreciate or understand your journey?
Through this journey, I have learned that God will bless me with what He wants me to have, not what I think I should have. I have to learn to be appreciative of what I have and not compare myself to others or focus on what I am missing. I want to be like Peter on the water. For a few moments his focus was on Jesus and Jesus alone. Yes, he may have been scared, but Jesus was with him the whole time. I want to be content when I am lacking and when I have plenty. I want to be content when I am full and when I am hungry. My contentment is not determined by the world's view of life. It is determine by the will of God. Where does your contentment come from?