When “New” Wears off…What then?

I’m having one of those days where I am content. Truly content. And I can’t help but REVEL in it! I want to shout it out to the world, “I’m CONTENT!!!”

If my enthusiasm strikes you as odd, it strikes me that way too. In fact, I’ve been wondering why contentment is a breath of fresh air. The feeling is in bright contrast to how I usually feel: like the grass is always greener on the other side….and I’m on the wrong side.

Am I the only one? I would guy not. Single girls ache for marriage. Wives yearn for the days when they didn’t have to clean up after everyone. Mothers hide in the bathroom to clear their head and fantasize about the life choices they never made. Husbands secretly yearn for spontaneity without having to “check in”. Curly-haired girls want straight hair and straight-haired girls want curly hair. We want a new job. We get a new job. Then we want a different one. We get a new car and within the year, pine for the new and improved model! We stand in line…for HOURS…to get our hands on the new iPhone 4 to replace the old (perfectly unbroken) iPhone.

I’m chuckling to myself as I type this. I was just whining to a friend the other day because I want a new Nissan. So I can relate and yet, reading it out loud makes it sound so…comical. Silly. Trivial.

Is it just part of our human make-up, to find ourselves so frequently in want of something else? Something more? Someone else? Someone …more?

Are we doomed to our fleeting desires and ruled by our want to get out of what we see as mediocre and mundane? I sure hope NOT!  Because I find discontentment utterly…exhausting! That must be why I’m so ecstatic today. The freedom of mind and spirit that comes with contentment is so….rare and satisfying. In fact, it’s so amazing that I’m wondering how to KEEP it! I have tasted…(laughing as I think of this phrase…) and I want MORE! (LOL) More contentment!

My laughing turns into a prayer as I ask God how I got here, how I can stay here and how can I convey to others what I’ve learned so that they may enjoy it too?

Here is what He shares : “Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving (Psalm 147:7); Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving (Ps 95:2); Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4).”

 Thanksgiving? Really? Could it be that simple? To dwell on that which I do have? I want to fully embrace this but I pray, “Sure, I feel content NOW. But what if…? What if a disaster wipes out my home or I lose my job or my car? What about the widow, the hungry and the orphan? Surely, they have every reason to be discontent with their current lot in life? What are they thankful for?

His Answer: “What about deliverance(Psalm 116:1)? The goodness and Mercy of God (Psalm 107:1, Ps 136:1)? Grace? Salvation? Truth? The promise of eternal life?”

Wow. That’s…more than I could ever need! Hebrew 13:5 comes alive! “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

His unconditional LOVE. His faithfulness to us. Is it enough to be content with? We have a choice to make; a part to play in finding joy: the choice to look deeply into our need for the “amazing” experiences of life and realize it’s our need for an amazing God.  And that need can only be filled by His presence. Contentment can only be found in Him. There is nothing as sweet. Nothing as satisfying. Nothing that makes you feel more…FREE.

Yes. Today I CHOSE to be content. Today, I’m focusing on how thankful I am for His love.  How about you?