One of my biggest dreams is to travel. Honestly, if I had it, I’d be booking tickets every other month to somewhere I’ve never been. I love scenery and meeting new people. I’m confident that God will open that door for me soon. However, I try my best not to be overtaken by the desire. I don’t let it consume my mind. I learn to be content wherever I am. You can check out my friend’s latest blog for more about “destination addiction”. Reading her blog gave me all the confirmation I needed to post this one. The title is called “destination Content.” Shevmckenzie.com.
If you want to make the best of your life, learn to be content in every season you’re in. Believe me, it’s the best feeling ever when you are happy with the place you’re in. Happiness leads to contentment. If you are happy where you are, you would never be in a rush to leave. My mom always talks about her childhood and growing up in Jamaica. She said they were days when things were hard. Sometimes my grandma didn’t have enough money to buy them individual things (7 children), but they were ok because they had each other. They were content with the little they had. My mom says that sometimes she feels like she wants to go back to those days. Even though now she has many resources.
The apostle Paul said in Phil 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Meaning that if you’re on the highest mountain today and the lowest valley tomorrow, your mindset should stay the same; and of course this takes time. It’s not going to be easy for everyone at first, but practicing everyday with things in your life will help you.
Practice being content in your job. Even though you may really dislike it. If I’m gonna be completely honest, I’ll tell you I’m not at the place of employment where I wanna be forever. I’m often stressed and I disagree with the way a lot of things are done there, but until God opens the door for something better, I am teaching my mind to be content.
Maybe it’s the car you’re driving. It’s ok, I started in a “hooptie” too lol. My friends can tell you, I couldn’t even open my front door, I had to climb through the back door. Whew Jesus, thank you for deliverance! The doors were different colors and the gas metal would vibrate after 50 mph! I had it bad lol, but when I first got it I was so excited because it was MINE. I was content because God blessed me with a car so I didn’t have to walk for free. It took me everywhere I needed to go too! It was a Toyota Camry 1992.
Whatever you may have that you aren’t satisfied with, it doesn’t have to be permanent, just be content. Don’t look at others and compare yourself because you don’t know what they had to do to get to that place. Some of them
Worked really hard, and others cheated their way. There are so many opportunities out there and your time will come soon. Hold on to the hooptie for a little bit. Smile when you open the door to your one bedroom apartment. Because one day you’ll look back and be able to tell God thank you for the change! If you’re married and just starting out, have cheesy date nights with candles lit at your dinner table.
In the future, I see my husband and I living in a home of our own with a beautiful backyard to host events, a nice big kitchen with granite tops and big living room for family gatherings. Even though we aren’t there yet, we are really happy where we are. We enjoy every moment because it’s what God gave to us. It will also help us to appreciate the bigger blessings when we are content with the little.