When you look at your life, can you pinpoint anything that you know directly breeds discontentment? I know my huge one is comparison. It is so easy for me to look at someone else and wish for what they have. To think they must have it so much easier. Now that is probably my number one road block down the road to find contentment. So to rid myself from any unnecessary discontentment seeds, I start to analyze that umbrella. Somethings I cannot get rid of in my life. Like for example sitting next to someone in church who I think has it all together. I can’t just tell them to not come to church because they breed discontentment in my life. How absurd. That is my own problem that I need to work through. My point is some things that breed discontentment cannot be avoided. You have to work through them. But there are some that can be avoided all together. Sometimes I can become too engrossed in reading other peoples blogs, checking their follower base. Then I compare it to myself and get discontent with my own blog and shop. When I get to that point I make myself step away from blog land for awhile. To invest that time creating something new for my shop. Or taking time to read a book. I step away from looking at how others are doing online. Maybe for you it is going shopping. Does walking through the mall breed discontentment? Maybe take a break from stepping into a mall and focus on something else for awhile. Maybe watching the news can breed fear and negativity in your life. Thus leading to a discontented heart. Stop watching the news.
Find the things that are easy to get rid of in your life and stay away from them for awhile. Fill that time with something positive and uplifting. Fill it with something else you really enjoy that breeds joy and inspiration. Something that encourages you to go do something awesome. I am not saying stay away from shopping forever. Just give it enough time that you learn to place the emphasis on what is really important in life. So that when you do go back to it, you can place it on a rung of lower importance in your life. Get to the point where you can say no to those new shoes if they aren’t in your budget. To where the news doesn’t get you all worked up, but rather inspired to pray for what used to work you up. Get to a point where you know you can live without it before you go back to it. By stepping away from it for a time you can focus on what is really important in life.
For the things that you can’t step away from, find a way to look at them differently. Try to pull the positives out of the situation and dwell on those. Or if it is a person you are struggling with, try to put yourself in their shoes. Are they going through an amazing time in their life? Rejoice with them! Take the focus off of yourself and choose to dwell on joy. Remind yourself that God has a plan for you and it will be good!
Scripture to Ponder:
Hebrews 13:5- “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Homework for the Heart:
1. Identify what breeds discontentment in your life.
2. Vow to stay away from this for a time. Fill your extra time with something inspiring or encouraging that breeds peace and joy.
3. Pray that God will help you overcome any selfish hurts or thoughts that you may be harboring.