I recently got a new job, making me extremely busy throughout the week. Working close to ten hours every day is physically and mentally exhausting. It is especially exhausting when the job ends up not being what you expected it to be. Sometimes our expectations are so high that when reality hits us in the face, the disappointment hurts a lot more.
When my husband joined the Army, I was angry about the decision. All I could think about was how I was losing my career, a steady paycheck, and a good church family full of support right around the corner from me. I protested and fought the decision to no avail. There wasn’t much I could do after my husband went and spoke with a recruiter. I knew in my heart that my husband really wanted this for himself and for us and that eventually, I would have to get on board with the decision.
When we moved to Texas, things were rocky before my husband deployed. I was just so angry at the fact that I was jobless and sitting at home all day. I felt like a loser that would end up doing nothing with their life. I sulked and complained too often. I wasn’t content with what I had or where God had allowed me to be placed.
The Army may tell us where to move to next, but it is only because of God and His will that we end up wherever we end up at. God is the one that places us where He wants us to be.
1 Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Philippians 4:11 says, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
We learn from these scriptures the importance of contentment. When we are content with our lives and where we are at in our current circumstances, we are saying that God is enough for us. When we look around us and notice the blessings we have been given, the things that we don’t have won’t matter to us. When we realize that the life we are currently living is because God has allowed it to be so, we will learn to be content with what all we do have.
I now have a full-time job that I am honestly miserable at. It is funny how God allows things to work out for us. I prayed so hard for months that the Lord would bless me with a good paying job and give me a purpose in life. God answered my prayers, but I now see why He did. He answered them to show me that my worth is not found in a job or how much money I am making. He answered my cries to teach me that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
But because the scripture found in Philippians 4:11 teaches us to be content in whatever state we are in, I am having to learn the hard way to be content in something I don’t like. When we are content, our lives will be full of more peace and joy no matter what our situation may be. It sometimes takes having to find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side to learn just how good we have it.
If you are struggling with contentment today, take some time to pray for contentment and peace. You may think your life is wasting away because all you are is a military spouse and you stay home all day, taking care of the house and kids. You may feel like a loser because you feel like your life and dreams are on the sidelines right now. Whatever it is that is making you struggle with contentment today, remember that your life is blessed because it was given to you by God. Remind yourself of how good you have it to be able to stay home all day while your husband is making the money for the family. Remind yourself of how good you have it to have the freedom to do whatever it is that you want with your days and your life. Enjoy your life for what it is and praise God for where you are right now in this very moment.