Is Something Hindering Your Contentment?
Not too long ago I was in a situation that was pretty much out of my control. It was unpleasant but something that I had to deal with it. During this process I found myself appalled at the attitude and behaviour of one of the other persons involved. They came across as so greedy, thinking they deserved so much more than I thought they did. They did not care about the welfare of anyone else, as long as they had their needs met, or should I say exceeded. I couldn’t believe the attitude of entitlement this person had. Who do they think they are? Why do they think they deserve so much? They should be grateful for all the things they have in their life. Don’t they know that people are really struggling in life? Some people cannot even put food on the table and they seem to expect to have enough money for frivolous spending. Unbelievable! Why should they have more than me! ….
AND THEN IT HIT ME! WAIT A MINUTE. DO I HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF ENTITLEMENT?
No! Of course I don’t. I am very content and grateful for my life and the things I have…most of the time. Sigh. Then I realized; God was not near concerned with this uncomfortable situation I was in.
HE WAS MUCH MORE CONCERNED WITH MY ATTITUDE!
You see, outwardly I was far from behaving like this other person. However, inwardly, it was eating away at me. God wanted me to get to a place, where if this woman became a millionaire and I didn’t have two cents to rub together, I would remain content and unmoved by it.
GOD WANTED MY HEART TO BE AT PEACE.
You may see people with entitlement all around you, but where we really need to focus our attention on is ourselves. We can usually see others faults much clearer than our own, but we need to evaluate our own heart. God is going to judge YOU on Your actions and me on mine!
GOD MAY NOT REMOVE YOU FROM YOUR UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES OR YOUR DIFFICULT SITUATION; HOWEVER IF YOU LEAN ON HIM HE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO GO THROUGH IT AND LEARN FROM IT.
Do you ever have any of the following types of thoughts:
I always get the short end of the stick.
I deserve to be making more money.
I deserve to have nicer things than so and so.
I want, I want, I want.
If only I had more … and so on.
God is not about to hand everything to you on a silver platter. That is not how he works. God expects diligence, not laziness. Did you know that scripture encourages us to work (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
It is so easy to get caught up in coveting and wanting more than we need. If this is something that you struggle with; then perhaps you need to evaluate some things.
Are you more likely to feel unfortunate when you watch television shows that portray the easy lifestyles of the rich and famous? Do you feel envy when you see them relaxing by their pool at their million dollar homes? If that is the case, perhaps you need to be more mindful of what you are watching. Is it affecting your level of contentment? Do you compare yourself to neighbours or maybe friends on Facebook? What are the areas that you feel discontented in? Take them to the Lord today. Evaluate your thoughts and see where changes need to be made.
Don't allow entitlement and discontentment to creep into your life. Don't allow it to kill your spirit of thanks.
INSTEAD, STAY IN AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.
Reflect on the following verse. Share what it means to you in the comment section below.
“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.”