“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he whom that is given need ask no more.” -Henry Fielding
We’re all wishing for something we don’t have right now, whether that be the weekend, a new car, or even wanting to be more like someone else. How many of us are truly content with where we are in life? What about with what we have? I know that I have been guilty of not being content. I’m always saying, “I can’t wait until summer,” or, “I can’t wait to be out of college.” Why do we wish our lives away? Why can’t we accept that what is happening right now is all a part of God’s greater plan for us?
Being content has always been an issue for me. As a teenager, I do tend to try to wish my life away, waiting for something that is to come rather than living in the now. A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon Philippians 4:11-13. This reads, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Most of us have probably heard the last verse of this, but how often do we focus on what comes before? This really spoke to me. Are we content when we are without? Are we content when we think we have it all? Most of us probably aren’t. I now catch myself when I’m hoping for something more or wishing for something I don’t have, because every single day that we are blessed with is for a reason, whether it be big or small.
We are where we are right now for a reason. It is important to remember that this is all a part of God’s plan for us. Maybe you’re in college like me and you find yourself wishing you were somewhere else. You’re in school right now in the town you’re in because that’s where He needs you to be at this time. Make the most of that and enjoy each day because every day that you wake up is a blessing and you are meant to live it. Be content with the life you have and be content with what God has given you. There is a verse in the New International Reader’s Version, 1 Timothy 6:6, that says, “You gain a lot when you live a godly life. But you must be happy with what you have.” I think we could all take a lot from this verse by remembering to be patient, to trust in God with our whole hearts, and knowing that he will provide. We are all blessed more than we will ever know!