I don’t have any great news to share. There’s no new job, baby, or beau. I have no exciting opportunity that I’m just burning to announce. I haven’t been to any cool events, and I haven’t been on vacation in over a year. In essence, I feel like I’m lacking.
I’ve been working hard, though in my eyes, it hasn’t paid off. And for a really long time, I started to be jealous of all of the celebrating I saw on social media. With every congratulatory Facebook post, the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head, and a part of me fell deeper into disappointment about everything that hasn’t been happening to me. When will it be my time?
But the truth is that [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]every season isn’t a winning one[/inlinetweet], and it shouldn’t be. Sometimes, we bloom, and sometimes, we wait in the rain. But every time, we should keep going with the trust we have in God that are growing as long as we do our part. Galatians 6:9 says, [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=”Galatians 6:9″]“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”[/inlinetweet]
I honestly believe that to be true, so this year, I’ve been working and praying on contentment — being happy in any and all circumstances, and I’m reminded of Paul’s letter to the Philippians in which he talks about learning the principle of contentment because it’s not always a natural emotion for humans to have.
Philippians 4:11 says, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Paul had been through it all. He’d been rich, and he’d been poor, but in all cases, he realized that it was for a reason. He was even put in jail for his missionary work, along with Silas. When there was a big earthquake, they could’ve escaped but stayed because their mission wasn’t yet done. They stayed and because they did so, they converted the jailer to Christ (in Acts 16). [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]God has us endure our rain for a reason.[/inlinetweet]
So when Paul says in verse 12, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want,” he’s not lying. God supplies all that we need when we need it, and it’s our duty to learn contentment, understanding that we’ll get it.
My time will come, but in the meantime, I’ll keep praying, I’ll keep growing, and I will be content.