I Am Content - or am I?

I’ve been mulling this one over for a short time now.  It’s been a consistent theme that keeps coming up in various areas of our home and devotional life.  

One of my favorite parts of morning hour with my kids this year is using our Virtue Cards.  Have you seen them?  There are both scripture/non scripture versions and we focus on a new virtue each week.  There are a total of 12 virtues covered so we are cycling back through them now.  As we began to go through them again our first card for 2018 was I Am Content.  The subtitle and definition given is: “I have my wanter under control.  I am NOT...bored, greedy or always wanting more and I don’t beg or whine!”  It’s a common question in our house and it’s become a fun joke within our family that the kids will sometimes playfully ask me as well (and most often, I need it!).  But even more than the simplicity and the applicability, I love the way it ministered to my heart this many years past my childhood.  I’m not above the tendencies of selfishness and boredom, greediness and searching for more.  In what ways is my heart wanting for things that aren’t within the fold of what God has for me in the now?  In what ways am I whining or begging - maybe even for good things?  How do the choices throughout my day reflect the wants in my heart?  Am I quick tempered?  Feeling like I am deserving of something that I don’t yet have?  Do I scour the internet looking for ways to improve or update or collect just to satisfy another want in my life?  

On January 1 when taking down all things Christmas (does that give anyone else great satisfaction?  The decluttering and putting away of all the extra things around the house post Christmas?) the Lord gave us this verse as I was writing on our kitchen chalkboard:

“For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  Psalm 107:9

His well of satisfaction never runs dry; His gift of eternity never runs out.  The things of this earth that my heart may want, my finger might chase, or my attitude may reflect will satisfy but for a moment.  But He alone will satisfy to an immeasurable depth of satisfaction.  

This morning while studying the innumerable ways God is more than enough, I read this quote that stopped me in my tracks.  May you be blessed, challenged and reminded that He is a good shepherd, caring deeply for his flock and providing immeasurably more than the temporaries of this world could ever offer.

“There are really only two options in life.  If the Lord is my shepherd, then I shall not want; but if I am in want, then it is obvious that the Lord is not my shepherd.”  

David H. Roper, Folk Psalms of Faith