I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb. 13:5 (ESV)
Do all things without grumbling. Phil. 2:14 (ESV)
Dear heavenly Father, there are some aspects of this life of grace for which I seem to need constant refreshment courses. Contentment is one of them. I know you’re not calling me to kill desire, demonize ambition, or decry enjoyment. And yet at the same time I totally “get” your warnings about complaining, ingratitude, and discontent.
So I come to you, Father, once again, acknowledging a need you alone can meet. Grant me the grace of contentment. Whether I have a little or a lot; am well known or forgotten; live in a palace or a garage apartment; feast on filet mignon or yesterday’s mac and cheese. Whether I feel included or left out; celebrated or underappreciated; have discretionary funds for splurging, or literally, have to pray for daily bread. Whether my relationships are “rocking” or are rocky; whether I have really good health, or chronic maladies. Father, I want to be content, not passive; not in denial, but truly grateful; not immune to pain, but alive in Jesus.
So, by your Holy Spirit, convict me when I default too easily to murmuring and complaining, which usually segues into whining and blaming. Heal me of gospel amnesia—too easily forgetting every good thing we have in Christ. Open the eyes of my heart as I begin (and continue) this day. Let me see a little more of Jesus, actually, a lot more. That’s all I need; that’s all I really need. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ all glorious and grace-full name.