Enemies of Contentment: “If…”

If I had more money, I would…

If I had a husband/wife, I would…

We live in a world full of possibilities. A few decades ago, when you chose a career for yourself, you’d only find a few majors to choose from. Or worse, you’d  be limited to working at your family’s business. Your life was pretty much set up from the very beginning. Now, there are hundreds of majors, master’s degrees and a dozens of concentrations.

Fifty years ago, people knew they’d end up marrying someone from their neighborhood. A few decades ago, it could be someone from their country. A few years ago, the options multiplied. With the internet at hand, you could end up marrying someone from another continent!

Options, decisions…a thousand in front of you. The problem is that our hearts are never satisfied. Teenagers want to go to college. College graduates want a good job. Young adults want to marry. Married couples want children. Parents want their want their kids to succeed… It seems there’s always something in front of us to achieve and conquer. While none of these are wrong desires,our hearts may grow discontent if we’ve put our trust in them and they don’t happen when we want them to. The problem is we make of these desires an idol.

Anytime we hear ourselves saying, “If I…” the monster of discontentment rears its ugly head.

The Lord asks us to think according to Philippians 4:8. We need to take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ. The truth is that we have more than we deserve. Because Jesus lived a life we couldn’t live and died the death we all deserved, we have more in God than we can ever dream of or imagine.

Let us seek first the kingdom of God (putting all our hopes in Him), and everything else will be added unto us.  (Matthew 6:33). Live life now to the fullest, and let God take care of the rest.


Related post: Enemies of contentment: our ideal timing


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