Now many of us struggle or have struggled with discontentment. It’s a very common emotion and can be a sign that we have high goals and expectations. But discontentment can also be a hindrance and detrimental to our spiritual walks if we dwell in it too long. The truth is, although we know this, that doesn’t mean that we’re always exempt from falling victim to a discontented spirit.
I know personally, I’ve dealt with seasons where I was too focused on what I didn’t have instead of what I did have. How did I deal with that, might you ask? Well it definitely didn’t happen overnight. As I grew and matured not only naturally but spiritually, I was able to identify and become aware of when I was operating in flesh. So now that I’m able to identify this issue fairly quickly, I’m able to move forward in changing my bad habits for the better.
Ways to identify a spirit of discontentment:
- Be willing to admit that you’re discontent
- You find yourself comparing your life, goals or achievements to others
- You’re no longer happy or content with yourself or life
- You complain all the time
- You have pessimistic tendencies or have a negative outlook on life in general
- Someone has mentioned to you that they’ve notice a change in your conversations, behavior, or overall demeanor for the worse
Ways to deal with a spirit of discontentment:
- Focus on the blessings that you do have
- Remove anything that is causing you to be discontent (social media, certain people/relationships, websites, television shows, etc)
- Pray and ask God to help you become and remain content
- Manage your time so you won’t fall into thinking about what you don’t have (pick up a hobby, read a book, study the bible, write)
- When the desire arises to dwell on your shortcomings, failures or weaknesses stop immediately and encourage yourself
- Surround yourself with encouraging and positive people that will help keep you accountable
Now these are only a few of the ways you can notice and deal with a spirit of discontentment. Although, being discontent is not the worse thing to ever happen in the world, and is in fact a quite common emotion, letting it go unattended can lead to jealousy, envy, and desperation, which can be far more serious. The best thing you can do is identify the issue and deal with it before it exacerbates into something that will take more time and effort to overcome. Better to nip discontentment in the bud now than suffer the consequences later. 🙂 We all have dreams to be great and do great things, but don’t allow those desires to cause you to fall into a pit of discontentment. But even if you do, know that God is right there waiting to pull you right out.
Peace and love.
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. – Philippians 4:12 (NIV)