Do you ever notice that you define yourself by specific things or circumstances that show up in your life? Maybe it’s like there’s this box you carry around with everything that defines you: your stuff, your work, your family, your kids, your gifts and talents, or your home.
But there’s a problem with looking at life like this because if this is how we see our lives it’s all too easy to become preoccupied with the wrong thing.
Think about all the stuff in the box. It’s “your” stuff, right? Or is it?
We tend to talk about our lives using words that highlight our ownership of those things and circumstances. Words like my, ours, and mine. And those words can make a huge difference on how we see the world. As long as we keep using these words, we can tend to believe that our stuff will make us happy and that putting more stuff into our boxes will make us even happier.
But the truth is just the opposite. Something radical happens when we look at our life as not really ours. When we view our life as really God’s gift to us—it changes everything. When we see that all the stuff we have is somehow connected to God and the story He wants to tell with our lives, it begins to change the way we see everything. When our world doesn’t revolve around us, our situations look a lotdifferent.
That’s why this month, we want to explain something to kids about contentment. It is deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. In other words, you can choose to be happy because of what Godhas actually given you. You can choose to shift your focus away from what you don’t have and toward what God desires to do with the life you have. When you trust Him with your life, you become more focused on being grateful for everything He’s already given to you.
The Bible has a lot to say about contentment. This month, we’re going to unpack several of those moments where people learned something about contentment as well as some key principles about how we can live our lives focused on trusting God no matter what.
See, when it comes right down to it,contentmentisaheartissue.Itcan’tbesolvedbygettingthething that’s off-limits,thethingthatsomeoneelsehas, or even more of a good thing you already have. In other words, contentment happens when we place our trust in the One who is able to meet our needs eachday.
Whenyouteachkidstoseetheir life as a gift from God it sets them up for a life of contentment andfulfillment. There will benoreasontobedistractedbywhat others have, or what’s off limits, or what we had in the past. And when all of us really trust God, we will be content with exactlywhat He has put in our box for today and won’t worry about the future.
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