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Discontentment is a very common human ailment. Through constant messages from marketers, and the prevalence of social media influences, we’re continually reminded of the things we don’t have. When we look at our lives in the light of celebrities, or in contrast to the highlight reels of our peers on Facebook and Instagram, we can easily become frustrated with what we “lack.”
One of the major strategies of the devil is to agitate us and make us restless with life. His tactics include creating discontentment in our souls. Discontentment poisons our perspective and robs us of the appreciation and joy we have in the opportunities and gifts given to us by God. If we’re not careful, we’ll be sidetracked by our frustration and rendered useless for God and miss His purpose for our lives.
The apostle James reminds us of the blessings we have from God, and the gratitude we should express because of them. Note what he wrote in James 1:16, 17 (NIV) “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
The cure for discontentment, and the pathway to contentment is an awareness of all your blessings, a recognition of the Source of your blessings, the genuine expression of appreciation to God for every blessing He has provided. You’ll never be content without gratitude. When you’re grateful for what you have, and continually thank God for every blessing in your life, you’ll be more contented person. And contentment is a good thing!