Are We Content?

pouting boyContent is defined as a state of happiness and satisfaction. A few words we might use as a synonym for content are fulfilled, cheerful, glad, restful, peaceful.

How often, I wonder, would we describe ourselves as being content? The apostle Paul went through many, many dreadful life-threatening situations, yet declared he knew how to be happy, content, no matter what.

Priscilla Shirer tells a story in her book, Awaken, about a family who went on a safari in Africa. Their goal was to check off the sighting of the “Big Five”; elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and leopard.

Although they managed to check off four of the animals, they’d yet to spot a rhino.

This fact disturbed one family member. To the point he was miserable and unable to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the things that surrounded him.

He was not content.

Seeing the other four animals, and I’m sure there were many more spectacular sights besides the big five, wasn’t enough. He wouldn’t be happy until he saw a rhinoceros.

We may shake our heads and think, How silly. With everything God allowed him to see and experience, he’s gonna’ pout because he didn’t get to see a rhino?

True. To our way of thinking, perhaps we feel the experience alone should have brought joy to his heart. However, what about us? What is our level of contentment?

How many times do we pout and get all huffy because we don’t get that ONE thing we have our hearts set on?

How many times do we ignore all the good gifts God places in our life, and pine away for the ONE thing we don’t have?

When I look at my life, I’d have to say I’ve pouted over missing more than one rhino. I’ve pouted over many rhinos.

Right now I’m keeping my eyes open for one particular rhinoceros which I do believe God will shoo out of the bush into my field of vision one day. Until that time, I mustn’t lose sight of all the wonderful blessings God has already given and is currently giving.

What about you? Any rhinos you’re pouting over, and in doing so, missing out on all the other good things?

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Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. Philippians 4:11-13 (TLB) 

You can find my March Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

Where’s Your Ninevah?

statue of a man“Where’s your Nineveh? Where’s the place you never want to go?”

These are questions Priscilla Shirer asks in her book, Awaken.

We’ve heard the story of Jonah and his outright refusal to take God’s message of repentance to the barbaric Assyrians in the terrifying capital city of Nineveh. Who could blame him? Jonah knew what the Assyrians did to people they didn’t like. Especially people who were Israelites and followed the One True God. And it wasn’t pleasant or pretty.

We know Jonah ran away, boarded a ship, was tossed overboard, swallowed by a large fish, and spit out on dry land before he proceeded to Nineveh like God originally told him.

We know the Ninevites repented and Jonah pouted.

In Priscilla’s devotion she asks us to look at the places or people where God is calling us to go. Those Ninevites, if you will, who we don’t really feel comfortable around. Those people with a reputation for being pretty rough. The ones who are nothing like us at all.

She says if we want to see God’s harvest, then we need to say yes to his call. We need to go to our Nineveh. Priscilla says to say no “is to invite the chaotic distress and confusion that put Jonah in the belly of a great fish.”

It is to say, “Where you lead me, God, I will follow. Where you send me I will go.” However, putting feet to those words, requires something more than words. It requires action.

Where’s your Nineveh? Who are your Assyrians? Where do you feel God is calling you to go?

After you answer those questions, are you willing to go? Or like Jonah, will you run?

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But the very first day when Jonah entered the city and began to preach, the people repented. Jonah shouted to the crowds that gathered around him, “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” And they believed him and declared a fast; from the king on down, everyone put on sackcloth—the rough, coarse garments worn at times of mourning. Jonah 3:4-5 (TLB)

You can find my December Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Being Content

Content. A state of happiness and satisfaction.

A few words we might use as a synonym for content are fulfilled, cheerful, glad, restful, peaceful …

How often, I wonder, would we describe our lives as being content? The apostle Paul went through many, many dreadful life-threatening situations, yet declared he knew how to be happy no matter what.

Priscilla Shirer tells a story in her book, Awaken, about a family who went on a safari in Africa. The goal being to check off the sighting of the “Big Five”; elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and leopard.

Although they managed to check off four of the animals, they’d yet to spot a rhino.

This fact disturbed one family member to the point he was miserable and unable to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the things that surrounded him.

He was not content.

Seeing the other four animals, and I’m sure there were many more spectacular sights besides the big five, wasn’t enough. He wouldn’t be happy until he saw a rhinoceros.

We may shake our heads and think, “How silly. With everything God allowed him to see and experience, he’s gonna’ pout because he didn’t get to see a rhino?”

True. The experience alone should have brought joy to his heart, but what about us?

How many times do we pout and get all huffy because we don’t get that ONE thing we have our hearts set on?

How many times do we ignore all the good gifts God places in our life, and pine away for the ONE thing we don’t have?

When I look at my life, I’d have to say I’ve pouted over missing more than one rhino.

I’ve pouted over many rhinos.

Right now I’m keeping my eyes open for one particular rhinoceros which I do believe God will shoo out of the bush into my field of vision one day.

Until that time, however, I mustn’t lose sight of all the wonderful blessings he has already given, and is currently giving.

What about you? Any rhinos you’re pouting over, and in doing so, missing out on all the other good things?

Leave a comment below to share your thoughts on the subject. If you think others would appreciate reading this, please share it through the social media buttons.

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want;  for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. Philippians 4:11-13 (TLB) 

I wish you well.

Sandy

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