I will be honest;this semester has been rough. Not necessarily academically—though classes are challenging, but relationally. Some close friends who I have known for some time have drifted away this semester, but the Lord has also provided new friendships centered upon Christ. Upon reflecting on my year thus far, it occurred to me that the Lord has been teaching me about contentment.
Contentment does not mean complacency, but rather that we have joy and bloom where the Lord has planted us during that season, that we rely on Him to use us to bring Him glory. One verse always stands out in my mind when this subject emerges, which is Philippians 4:11,13 (NASB):
Not that I speak from want,
for I have learned to be content
in whatever circumstances I am…
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Many people take verse thirteen out of context to mean that we can reach any of our goals because Jesus will help us. Rather, this verse tells us that only Jesus gives us the strength to be content no matter what situation we are in, rather it be prosperity or difficulty.
I encourage you to be content and seek the strength that we can find only through Jesus, who strengthens and keeps us.