Monday, October 23, 2006
Author Sarah Bragg on Contentment
If we have not yet found contentment in Christ, we tend to search and search for someone to make us feel good about ourselves. It’s as if we walk up to every person we see or meet and ask that person to fill our cup to the top with compliments. “Please tell me I am pretty.” “Please tell me I am worth something.” “Please tell me that you will love me.”
Instead of looking to other persons to fill our cup, we need to present our cup to God. Psalm 143:8 (NIV) says, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul” (NIV). When we seek God’s “unfailing love” on a daily basis, we no longer feel the need to seek love and attention from others. God will fill our cup with His unfailing love, and then whatever we receive from others will just be an overflow.
To find freedom, we must first get to the heart of the matter—we must get to what’s inside. We can try to cover up our hurt on the outside, but we will never be healed until we heal from the inside out. A quick-fix bandage on the outside will only last for a short time, but the results of internal healing will last forever. Freedom and healing come from God’s truth, and that truth will set you free. This process takes time. It cannot be rushed.
Ask God to give you a new perspective. The true secret of contentment is learning to see yourself through God’s eyes. Contentment is something we must practice. Contentment is gaining the right perspective. God’s Word promises that you can learn to be content and, like Paul, you can say “whatever you want, Lord.” I am finally able to say with Paul that I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I have gained the right perspective on my body.
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