The Caskey Family

Contentment Examination – Part I – My Perspective
February 3, 2011, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Discipleship, Seminary

Some days I struggle with being content. One day it’s about a certain aspect of mommyhood, another day it’s about wifehood, womanhood, or just life in general. I become overambitious about changing my circumstances and I often try to find my own way out.

After a recent bout of discontentment, and a search of the scriptures, I made a list of questions (16 total, I’ll just share a few today) to ask myself the next time I’m feeling unhappy, “in a rut,” grouchy, unhappy, or any other word I use to describe my discontent heart.

1. Am I remembering that I am a sinner, living in a sinful world surrounded by sinful people?
(Isaiah 64:6-7 Ps. 51:5, Romans 5:8)

2. Have I removed idols in my life (an idol is something I will sin to get or sin if I don’t get)?
(Deuteronomy 32:16, James 4:1-2, Col 3:5 and 1 Cor. 10:14)

3. Have I been praying about the issue?
(James 1:5 and James 5:13)

4. Am I overlooking offenses (if needed)
(Proverbs 19:11 and Ephesians 4:2)

5. Am I speaking the truth (to myself, always, and to others if needed)
(Eph 4:25)

6. Have I submitted my heart to the sanctification God is doing in me through this circumstance?
1 Peter 1:6-9 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

“Joy inexpressible” is the part I’m asking God to help me figure out!! It’s coming, though, as I see the struggles as NECESSARY for my faith and worth the result: joy in the process, the salvation of my soul and God’s glory all along!