Monday, August 28, 2017

discontentment

Discontentment is an ugly sin. So is what it breeds. Jealousy, Anger, Hate.

Have you ever gone from admiring a person to envying a person to feeling angry with the person to practically hating the person? Or maybe not really hating said person but always being distracted by the inequality between the person's and your circumstances? Because I have, more or less. (Don't worry, I'm not talking about anyone who reads this blog :P)

It's so disgusting. What's also terrible is when I can find something superior in my circumstances to most of the people in my life(even something very simple!) I take gleeful pride in it-- not for its own good, but because it elevates me above other people in some way only my mind understands.

Social media is the worst for this. We all know social media is the "good parts only"-filtered story of people's lives.



When I see myself in the broad scheme of things and the many amazing circumstances I'm blessed with and compare them to those of 90% of the people who've lived on earth before it's amazing how grateful I know I should be and how difficult it still is to muster gratitude.

The first step towards addressing discontentment should be recognizing it and acknowledging it's wrong. So that's what I'm trying to accomplish with this post.

It's comforting to remember my time on earth is only a moment before the eternity after death. And while it's only a moment, I don't want to waste it gnawing on discontentment.


"...be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." -Hebrews 13:5b

Do you struggle with contentment? Do you agree it(and its offspring) are some of the ugliest sins? 

5 comments:

  1. YES. I struggle with discontentment all. the. time. Mostly in the social world whether in person or in social media because either way there's always someone who's much better at making friends and expressing themselves than me and it's so easy to get discouraged and think there must be something wrong with me whereas the fact is I'm just an introvert who needs to practice writing more. xD I would agree discontentment is one of the ugliest sins because 1) it's not even fun to do; it just makes people frustrated, and 2) God is giving us so many awesome privileges all the time, so just focusing on the bad stuff that happens is not even accurate. Great post. :)

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    1. (Not that being fun makes a sin okay! I meant that discontentment is even more pointless than some other sins because it's not even using a good thing to excess, it's just focusing on the bad things and making everyone miserable.)

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    2. Thanks for sharing that...I can relate to that frustration.

      No, no, I totally get what you mean! It's a good point too-- obviously that God forbids it is the biggest reason it's bad but also because it can be so draining and miserable. xD

      And yes to the second point too. Jealousy and discontentment distort our perception of reality.

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  2. Yes, mostly all the time. :)

    Yes, I agree. I think it sometimes isn't fair at all.

    AMAZING post Meredith!!

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    1. Yeah, discontentment is unfair and otherwise just bad. xD

      Thank you, Rachel! :D

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