The Grass is Not Greener

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.  Hebrews 13:5

I stood there in disbelief as I listened to an older woman at church discuss her hardships as a mother of teenage and adult children. I couldn’t believe that motherhood at that stage was harder than having babies or toddlers!

And then I pondered that thought.

The women struggling with infertility are envious of her because she has children. The young moms are envious of her and wish they were past the baby or toddler stage. And yet she’s possibly envious of those who have all their children out of the house! And the moms with children out of the house? Wishing they could have their time back again.

It made me realize: we can experience discontentment at any stage in life.

At some point in time, we’ve all had the warped perception of “If I only had (fill in the blank) then I would be (fill in the blank).”

But the truth is that once we reach a new stage in life, there will always be challenges that arise that make us wish we were in a new stage. So how do we combat that?

When we meditate on God’s promises to us in his Word, he helps us be content. We already have all we need in Christ! As we spend time with our God in prayer, we are able to find joy in communion with him.

The things we thought we once wanted to make us happy become dim in light of God’s presence.

Dear Lord, please let me find my satisfaction in you and nothing else. Give me joy as I pursue you as my sole source of joy. Amen.

Today: Meditate on God’s promises to you. Spend some time reading up on verses about contentment

By Ashlea Massie
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Further Reading

•  Brevity of Life 

•  Hope Changes Everything

•  Salvation Explained

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