“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
(1 Timothy 6:6 NIV)
Sometimes the Lord teaches us contentment by gently removing whatever make us discontent. We don’t always know the source, but He does.
We are foolish and imperfect, greedy, grabby, never satisfied with what we think we love. We imagine we can fill our empty hearts with created things. Yet, sometimes when we receive what we asked for, we push it away in disgust, like a tomato rotting on the vine.
God is the Master Sculptor. He takes your life, like a pristine piece of stone or wood or ice, and chisels away tiny slivers to form the perfect masterpiece, smoothing edges that don’t reflect the amazing work of art he purposed you to become.
My son once told me that artists create sketches by first carefully penciling many lines on paper. The desired result is then achieved by erasing all the unnecessary lines. I read somewhere recently that a gifted author writes down every word that comes to mind and then skillfully removes the ones not needed.
Do you feel like you are under the
- sculptor’s chisel
- artist’s eraser
- or writer’s delete key?
Good news! God uses our discontentment. His perfection is revealed in our unique imperfections.
He wants others to see Jesus more clearly through
- the ghastly, gaping holes
- the weary, worn-out places
- the blasted, broken pieces
- the silent, missing words of our lives.
Even though the battles with dissatisfaction will never end in this life, we will become more experienced warriors. Internal conflicts are good. They reveal the Holy Spirit’s presence in us, fighting with us. We face our struggles courageously so we can encourage others in theirs.
I will learn to be content in my imperfections and point others to Jesus today. I hope you will, too!