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Where Do You Want to Be? | Contentment

Are you satisfied with where you are and what you’re doing? So many people aren’t. Single people want to be married. Married people wish they weren’t. If a job isn’t perfect, some people complain, threaten to quit, and sometimes even orchestrate their firing. They believe they will be happy when… And they can’t be happy unless…

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands (The Show Ponies) has a perfect line:

“You’ll never be where you want to be until you want to be where you are.”

Think about it. Instead of always wanting to be somewhere else, doing something else, being someone else, what if you were simply able to be content. Right where you are? To rejoice in being. Just who you are. Every day. What would it take for you?

Would you need to set aside your visions of what your life was supposed to look like? All too often we have our preconceived ideas about the course of our life, and when it doesn’t work out, we blame God. Or ourselves. Or someone else. We strive to accomplish our goals, even if they aren’t God’s goals. In the process, we drown in discontentment. We want to be anywhere other than where we are.

Try it. Just be where you are, and decide that you want to be there. Practice contentment and see what a difference it makes.

Being Content in Who I Am | Motivated by a Holy Discontent

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When I Grow Up…
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I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering, even worrying, about what I’m going to be when I grow up. You see, I’ve always had high standards for myself. I’ve always believed that God created me for something big. But I’ve never I felt that I have accomplished half of what I was capable of, and that leads to a systemic discontent. I know. He loves me for who I am, not for what I do. But still, I long for more. But I always feel so … ordinary. I thought I was alone—the only one who hasn’t achieved her goals…. But maybe I’m not.

A man I greatly admire, John Mark Reynolds, wrote a great post today. In it, he addresses not only my pondering over what I’m going to be when I grow up, but also several other ponderings. Like, why do hubby and I ignore our need for exit planning? Why do I talk so much? Why do I keep trying to look 40? Why can’t I be fully engaged in simply being who God created me to be today rather than constantly comparing myself with others? He doesn’t offer answers, other than to stop the behavior. But he did make me realize that within each of us is a holy discontent that can either motivate us or discourage us.

What is your holy discontent and what does it motivate you to do?