Is There a Balancing Point?

As I read the wrap up section for "Surprisingly Satisfied" in The Resolution for Women, I was captured by what Priscilla said here:

By choosing contentment, you're not getting rid of your desires, you're just demanding that they assume an appropriate, humble position in your life, not bossing you around like a tyrannical dictator forcing you to submit to his ever-growing and ever-changing list of demands.

It means you no longer allow your yearnings and aspirations to control you, to rob from you the full use of and gratitude for what you've currently been given, leaving you unable to enjoy this because He hasn't seen fit to give you that. pg. 29

I also want to add: allow yourself into a place where His desires become your desires. Because ultimately that is the goal And if we rest in His desires, contentment will naturally follow. We'll be content because we know we are in a place God wants us and we are resting in Him and submitting to Him.

When we gripe and complain, ultimately, we are telling God we aren't happy with where He has put us, and really, we know better than He does. Yikes! I certainly don't want that. I am not the Potter. I am the clay. He molds me--not the other way around.

At the bottom of that same page, Priscilla says this:

Β It's a balance. A holy equilibrium. A genuine gratitude for what the day brings, all the while maintaining a controlled anticipation for what tomorrow may offer.

That's the safe, healthy place where contentment allows you to take root and take up residence. Instead of being manipulated by unrestrained discontent... {emphasis mine}

I disagree with these statements. Let me explain why.

First off, Jesus and His ways are the balance we are looking for; seeking Him first and allowing everything else to fall where it should. We cannot be fully satisfied in Him and have a set of our own desires over here, that we are anticipating.

We are encouraged to be content in all situations and to not worry about tomorrow. Allowing even a controlled sense of "anticipation" or being discontent as long as it's "restrained" is still discontentment. We are to be content in all things. I believe allowing just a door crack is enough for our flesh to stick it's foot in the door of this "unrestrained discontent" so it can slowly widen the gap.

No. We want to keep that door shut and remain fully focused on the now, and not allow any bit of dissatisfaction, whether controlled or otherwise. It's still dissatisfaction.

The balancing point is Jesus and resting in what He has for us--not anticipating the next thing. It's the only way to be fully in the moment; fully where we are now. :)

This section wraps up the first resolution in the book: Surprisingly Satisfied.

You can read about the first parts here:

{To Be} Fully Satisfied

Finding Contentment in the Now

Equipped With Enough

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