When you’re days behind and can only manage to do the urgent tasks screaming right in front of you, ordinary life feels just that—ordinary. And for those of us who are dreamers, we want more because we know there’s something different, maybe something bigger for us. If only…we can get beyond where we are and make it to the next level, everything will be better. Stop chasing something better and starting living where you are.
Contentment isn’t found in something “better”
For the vast majority of us, we aren’t lacking something “better” in our lives. If you have a comfortable home, access to food and healthcare, a stable income, and people who love you, you’re doing well in the grand scheme of life. So if our needs are met, why do we keep chasing something better for our lives?
We have a contentment problem.
Don’t be fooled. Chasing something better will in fact lead to chasing something else better. Because contentment is what we need and contentment isn’t found in something “better.” Contentment is found in appreciating who we are, what we have, and where we are right now.
Yes, this is part of your purpose too
Quite mistakenly, I once believed that my super important purpose in life was big and shiny, requiring a special level of self-awareness I had yet to obtain. In vain, I searched for ways to learn more and be better, hoping for a glance into my future. I was chasing something better.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (emphasis added)
Yes, life’s like a race. But no, it’s not about getting ahead of everyone else.
For those of us with big ideas, being content right where are can feel like failing or at least not trying. If we’re not moving forward, we’re not growing into our purpose or using our gifts, right?! Wrong. Contentment allows us to appreciate where we are and move ahead without misguided expectations. Contentment makes room for the kind of growth overflowing with grace. Finding contentment allows us to see which race we’re actually in.
God’s purpose in your life is not a glimmering prize to obtain. Your life is God’s purpose for you. What you’re doing now, what you’ve done for him in the past, what you’ll do in the future—it’s all part of God’s plan. You are indeed already living out part of your purpose, no shiny prize needed.
Stop chasing something better
Want to find fulfillment, joy, peace, motivation, confidence, success, and contentment? Stop chasing better things and start fully living right where you are!
The next big win, the next level, a new year…none of that can ever fill the longing you’re really chasing. You want to be the best version of you but you’re chasing the best version of someone else.
God put you here for a purpose. He gave you a life to live, people to love, and his spirit to guide you. That’s all you need. Enjoy what you already have and allow what’s next to come slowly.
Your Next Steps:
Make room for contentment by being honest with yourself.
What “better” things have you been striving for?
Is your schedule, your inbox, or your social media feed causing you to be discontent?
Remind yourself of God’s goodness in your life. How have your grown? How do you see God working in your life?