The lack of contentment drives many people – it pushes them to do more, want more, be more.  I believe that God has a plan for our lives – and this includes what we do, what we have and what we are.   “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare (for well-being, for peace) and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11   We need to trust God.

Discontent is driven by the idea that we will be better people, more successful, more accepted if circumstances were different.  Contentment though is accepting that God is in control.  Life won’t be easy, there will be challenges, and maybe not even always an abundance.  But we can find contentment in our hearts – peace and rest knowing that God is our provider.

When we can ‘give thanks in all circumstances’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18) then we can start to be creative in our circumstances.  Accepting our circumstances doesn’t mean we can’t improve.  Contentment is an attitude of the heart – and yet God has given us creativity and resourcefulness.

Discontent will push you down a path that leads to bitterness, exhaustion and debt.  Contentment in God’s provision will fill your heart with peace.

I am writing 31 days of Heart Conversations to document 31 important truths I want to make sure I pass onto my children.  Is today’s topic something you want to talk to your kids about?  Do it today!  Your words may well be different than mine but these truths will shape our children’s lives forever.

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