The guarding of one’s heart is crucial to living a life of love, hope and peace. There are plenty of things in life that compete for what our heart adores. We are reminded in Proverbs 4:23 AMP Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life. As I shared last week, there are 4Ds which contribute to an unguarded bitter and deceived heart. Distractions was the first of the 4Ds. When focused on the circumstances or distractions in life, we make choices based on looking through that distracted lens which hinders us from guarding our hearts. An unguarded heart rooted in fear springs a life full of focus on distractions that will eventually lead to deception or distraction from your purpose.
The second of the 4Ds is discontentment and this being the week of Thanksgiving the timing is perfect! Webster’s definition of discontentment is the condition of being dissatisfied with one’s life or situation; truly the absence of contentment. I truly believe a person with a heart full of discontent, is a person who has not seen the opportunity to embrace an attitude of gratitude. It may sound cliche, however the opportunity to be grateful and see life with all of it’s shenanigans will produce a life of peace which Paul describes in Philippians 4:12 I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and ALL circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. Oh that we would begin to enjoy the journey without discontentment.
When we allow discontentment to take root, we may become dissatisfied with God. We may get discontent in the wait or perceived “slowness” of the manifestation of a promise from God. The promise may be a spouse, a child or waiting for a job promotion or calling; whatever the promise, when we are not enjoying where we are at on the way to where we are going, we become discontent or ungrateful for the journey.
In our fast microwaveable society we want things now. We compare ourselves with others, thinking we should be further along and then turn around and ask God to bless our self carved plans. So I ask, who is playing God? When we live in discontentment we take matters into our own hands and out of fear make choices that hinder us moving forward.
Discontentment is rooted in the fear of lack. A fear that you don’t have enough or won’t have enough or that you deserve more.The danger of discontentment is it produces the attitude of entitlement. I deserve more, I should have more and takes you down the slippery slop of comparing what you have been blessed with, with what others have been blessed with. There is no end to discontentment and the only way to begin on the road to protecting your heart from the bitterness of discontentment is to cultivate gratitude in your heart.
With where you are at right now, along your journey, I ask you to look within and ask God to reveal any areas of dissatisfaction or discontentment. Embracing now, that how to become content is to start with gratitude. In the wait, guard over, watch your heart so that you do not slip into discontentment. Discontentment is that consistent state of resenting or grieving what you think you should have been or think you should have that is outside of the will of God for you right now. The “no” now maybe a “yes” later. Instead, through a grateful heart, allow God’s perfect timing to manifest a promise in your life.
Most of the time, less is more. We can get caught up and trapped in the fear of lack that we run to things for comfort. Remember we are not going to the grave with things. Things are wonderful, people are amazing however do not allow the should haves or fear of lack create discontentment producing the urgent feeling you should have the desired right now. What areas in your life could you infuse some gratitude to diffuse discontentment? You’d be surprised, by approaching with day, and remaining in love and gratitude we guard our hearts from discontentment. Now that’s Thanksgiving everyday!