Discontent is a universal human affliction. And it is particularly epidemic in our affluent and Western culture. I know that I have more than most people, and far more than I deserve, and yet I can always find something that isn’t good enough about my life and circumstances. Our natural drive to be better and have more can serve us well if channeled through the lense of God’s will and His perspective for His glory, but when our focus turns to making more of ourselves, and for ourselves, we lose sight of the greatness of His blessings that have already been poured out on us. If you find yourself, like me, often tempted to be discontented with your life, join me in a prayer for contentment:
When I am tempted by discontent, remind me that I already have more than I need or merit.
When I am tempted to envy another’s reward or recognition, remind me that my reward comes from You and not from men.
When I am tempted to compare my ministry with someone else’s, remind me that You have called me and prepared me for the ministry You have given me.
When I am tempted to compare my children to others, remind me that you have specifically chosen each of them for my family.
When I am tempted to compare my parenting with another’s, remind me that you chose me for the calling of raising the children you placed in my family.
When I am tempted to compare my family’s income with another’s, remind me that money can’t buy peace, harmony, or time together.
When I am tempted to fear change, remind me that You make things new and beautiful in Your time.
When I am tempted to boredom, remind me that You have created innumerable wonders here on Earth, and have many more awaiting me in Heaven.
When I am tempted to envy someone’s bigger, newer, better home, remind me that my true home is with you, and that the shelter you have provided for me is more than enough.
When I am tempted to see my clothes as dated and out of fashion, remind me that You clothe me in garments of righteousness.
When I am tempted to compare my physical strength and beauty with others, remind me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image.
When I am tempted to envy someone’s latest vacation, remind me that in You I have perfect rest no matter where I am.
When I am tempted to begrudge another their good fortune, remind me that You have already blessed me far beyond what I deserve.
May your focus be on God and His goodness this week, and may you see His blessings everywhere.