Contentment School

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Phil. 4:11

Heavenly Father, the school of contentment constantly beckons us. It’s always in session—in the classroom, “online,” and everywhere we plant our feet. Graduation will only happen the day we “graduate” into heaven.

Left unchecked, ingratitude, discontent, and envy infect hearts, poison relationships; and pollute co-workers and leaders, alike. We come to you on this July Wednesday, acknowledging a need you alone can meet, Father. Supersize the grace of contentment in our lives.

Whether we have a little or a lot, are well known or forgotten, feast on the finest fare or yesterday’s tofu, we want to get and stay grateful.

Whether we feel included or left out, celebrated or underappreciated; have discretionary funds for splurging, or financial pressures out the wazoo, we want to live in the peace of your providence and provision.

Whether this virus keeps “winning,” or our candidate loses in November, we crave the freedom of having you as our treasure, “enough-ness,” and joy.

Whether our relationships are “rocking” or rocky, have great health or chronic discomfort, we want to be content—not passive, not immune to pain, but alive in Jesus.

By your Spirit, convict us when we default to murmuring and complaining. Heal us of Gospel-amnesia—too easily forgetting every good thing we have in Christ. We want to carp less and “carpe diem” more—seizing the day for your glory by, your grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ all-glorious and grace-full name.