It is hard to fix a problem if we don’t acknowledge there is a problem. It is okay to admit you are not perfect. It is okay to not be perfect. And it is okay to struggle with discontentment. We are all only human. What is not ok is to stay in the state of denial. Or to believe you are a horrible person because you struggle with it. Give yourself grace and let go of guilt and pride. Acknowledge the problem, then form a plan to move away from it.
I have found when I fester something inside it only grows bigger and bigger. It won’t go away by simply being ignored. This is why it is so crucial to confess it. To get it off your chest and out in the open. By doing this, you make room for positivity and healing to take place.
First confess it out loud to God and to yourself. Or write it down. Whichever way works the best for you, get it out. I find that it is more helpful to verbally confess it. There is something more freeing about it, than if it is a prayer in your head. Maybe it is a symbol to me that I am letting it go. I am getting it off my chest. Another idea is to keep a prayer box and write down all your prayers/ confessions/ fears/ etc. then drop them into the box. It is kind of a symbol that you are “lightening your load”. Getting rid of a burden. Just lay it down at Jesus’s feet. He wants to take it away from you.
Second talk about it with someone close to you who you trust. A close friend, your spouse, a parent…anyone you can bear your heart out to. Someone who will love you through it and be open with you as well. It helps to be able to talk to someone else and get their thoughts. You will realize that they struggle with things also. Together you can help and encourage each other.
Scripture to ponder:
Matthew 11:28- “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
James 5:16- “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Homework for the Heart:
1. Acknowledge what you are struggling with. What seeds of discontentment in your life are you sowing? Make a point to confess them verbally or in written form.
2. Talk with someone you trust. Ask them to pray for you. Ask what you can pray for them.