Last week, when I was doing my reading for a Women's Bible Study, I came across a passage that instantly made me think of a blog post that I made some time ago.
Except she explained it so much more clearly than I did...
Here's the passage, taken from the Resolution for Women by Pricilla Shirer.
"Maybe it feels as if choosing contentment is a simultaneous choice to quell your desires and silence your future aspirations, to quit ever hoping for more. On the contrary, contentment is the equilibrium between the enjoyment of life now and the anticipation of is to come. Contentment serves as a guard against desires gone wild. It is the key to unlock you from the bondage of unrestrained longing that wells up, within your heart and inevitably begins to control your life, making you a slave to what you don't have instead of a fully engaged participant with what you do. It is the faith-filled belief that what God has bestowed on your now is worth gratitude and appreciation, not merely because it is enough, but because it is good.
By choosing contentment, your not getting rid of your desires; you're just demanding that they assume an appropriate, humble position in your life, not bossing you around like a tyrannical dictator forcing you to submit to his ever-growing and ever-changing list of demands. It means you no longer allow your yearnings and aspirations to control you, to rob from you the full use of gratitude for what you've currently been given, leaving you unable to enjoy this because He hasn't seen fit to give you that.
Making this resolution of contentment will offer you an opportunity to look forward to tomorrow with peace and ease and an appropriate level of anticipation instead of the frustration and hurriedness that often accompanies our glances towards the future. It will be your ticket to live with goals and ambitions inspired by His expansive, mind-blowing will, without having to sacrifice today's blessing.
In staying surprisingly satisfied, you actually receive the best of both worlds. You give yourself permission to enjoy fully the things you have, the person you are and the life you're currently living while continue to harbor the dreams that keep you growing and stretching into the future..."
This lesson couldn't have come at a better time....