Throughout life, we can become fixated on other people’s success and results; particularly, when we are in a season of hopelessness or sadness, it is easier for us to focus on the life others are leading around us. Consequently, we can miss what God is doing in our own lives because we have become unsatisfied and displeased with the path we are positioned in. We are often infatuated with the next thing, that we miss the calling placed in front of us. Things are not always what they appear to be through the looking glass. Learning to find contentment in every season of your life speaks to the spirit of God.
We have to remind ourselves that what we are looking at in others lives are results of hard work, waiting, praying and most importantly—God’s timing. However, you may be comparing something that really is not from God in their life. How do you know if that person even brought God in to the equation? That person may have received those achievements in their own merit and own strength. Maybe they did not consult with God about their success. You are comparing an empty promise. Learning contentment is a very practical process that will help you to see life through the lenses of God. On the other hand, you do not know what that person had to walk through in order to receive that blessing. Perhaps they had to lose everything in order to gain what God had for them. What if that person had to wait for years for that relationship, job or family? That person is reaping what they sowed in faith. That changes your perception of what you are seeing. When people are walking with God, you are seeing the results of obedience, trust, works, His grace and mercy, and His timing work through their life. It is so easy to become distracted looking at others success around you. However, comparison and discontentment cannot connect you forward in the future that God has for you.
Your portion is blessed. Your portion is overflowing with His goodness. Your portion speaks to the uniqueness of God. Your portion is contentment. You can learn so much by finding satisfaction and fulfillment right now in this season. Things may look bleak; it feels like everyone has been receiving except you. As you steer through those moments, write down or speak what you are grateful for. A spirit of gratitude will assist you in navigating through that tough season. God did not bring you this far to leave you. It will get better. If you are struggling with contentment in this season, practice focusing your heart on others. Reach out to someone that you have not talked to in a while. Go serve in your community. Pray for someone else in this season. When you take the moment off of you and place it on the need of someone else, God becomes the center point and the achievements become secondary. Find contentment in this season.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:33
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” -Philippians 4:11