In this episode of Let’s Talk, Melissa Kruger, Jackie Hill Perry, and Jasmine Holmes discuss how they fight against discontentment and envy. Because we live in a fallen world, we must face the fact that life often won’t be what we expect or desire. But it takes discernment to know the difference between dealing with life’s imperfections and sinful discontentment. Melissa shares a change in her own thinking that transformed this battle: “What shifted is I recognized I have a heart problem, not a circumstance problem. So, that changes how I fight the battle. I realize, I’m going to be fighting this battle with discontentment my whole life, but I fight it differently.”

Our hosts discuss:

  • Discontentment (1:58)
  • The difference between accepting that the world is broken and discontentment (3:46)
  • The root issues of trust and disbelief (9:59)
  • Community and honesty as tools for overcoming discontentment (10:58)
  • The complexity of Scripture on the matter (12:50)
  • The effect of age and wisdom on discontentment (16:18)
  • The effect of envy on our discontentment (21:30)
  • Refocusing our minds to choose contentment (27:55)
  • One of their favorite things (30:25)

During this season, Jackie, Melissa, and Jasmine will seek to apply biblical wisdom to everyday life. On each episode, they’ll discuss a topic like how to be godly on social media, how to make decisions, and how to build healthy friendships. We hope you’ll subscribe today so that you can join them each week!

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