“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths.”
It is hard to be content with what we have. We, as human being, possess a greater characteristic of wanting to do better - become better - strive to be our best. After all, weren't these same characteristics bestowed upon us by our great creator?
But, then again, isn't it ironic that we must also be content with what we have at this moment? How do we find that happy middle ground?
Things may not be perfect in your life right now. In fact, I think you can go six block either way, knock on doors and see if anyone's life is perfect. I'll doubt you'll find one house that doesn't have a story to tell.
But the point is, if you hope to gain happiness you must be happy right now with what you have. Many people feel that one day they will be happy: when their spouses change, they get a bigger house, better job, or certain problems dissipate.
Don't make that mistake. Enjoy your life right now. You may have some major obstacles in your path, but being discouraged is not going to make anything better. You need to realized that God is still in control of your life. He's directing your steps, and he has you exactly where he wants you.
The apostle Paul said, " I have learned how to be content in every situation whether I'm abased or abounding; whether I've go a lot or whether I dont' have too much" (Philippians 4:11-12). That simply means he planned to live his life content - always. Content doesn't mean you don't want change. It doesn't mean we want to set back and let life take a jab at us. It means to be content and happy as things work out.
That's the key. You don't need to get upset because your circumstances didn't go as planned. Keep in mind God will not allow a difficulty to come into your life unless he has purpose. You may not understand that purpose right now, but that's OK. Keep in mind, God's ways are not our ways. If you keep up that right attitude, God promises to turn that situation around in your favor, and you will come out better than before.
Remember, we all go through dry seasons in our lives, times when we don't see anything happening. Maybe you've been praying and believing, but your prayers have yet to be answered. Or, maybe you've been giving and haven't seen anything coming back in return. Maybe you are doing your best, going that extra mile to help others, but nobody is going out of their way to help you.
And you may be raising concerns, "What's going on?"
Nothing. These dry seasons happen to everyone. God may not have all the points lined up yet for you to make that direct connect. Be patient. You don't know what's going on behind the scenes. Most importantly, be content right now. Changes are on the way. Learn to look up and see the beauty above and around you - always.