Finding Peace And Contentment: 7 Ways To Rejoice In Your Current Season
“There is a reason for every season”. Ever been slept in the face with this saying in a time where you just can’t seem to stay afloat?
And don’t get me wrong, I understand that people who say that mean well. But it’s easier said than done. What can we DO when life doesn’t seem great and the hardships and challenges we face, wear us down?
I believe that you can teach yourself how to find peace and contentment in the midst of these challenges. This blog post is not to tell you that you SHOULD rejoice even if life is hard. This post is to share with you 7 practical steps you can take, no matter how much that season might suck!
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What is contentment?
A state of being that allows you to be satisfied with who you are and what you have.
Contentment refers to an inward satisfaction achieved through the ‘right’ attitude. The understanding that as flawed as you are and as imperfect as life is, you and your life are ‘good enough’.
Meaning that finding contentment is about your perspective of yourself and life. Not about your circumstances or external factors. And these 7 ways to rejoice in your current season will help you find peace and contentment.
1. Be grateful
There is so much to be grateful for in life, but still, we find ourselves looking at the things we don’t have, rather than the things we do have.
So start to focus on your blessings and acknowledge the one that gave them to you. It automatically shifts your mind towards God and his faithfulness and fills your heart with gratitude.
Tip: Create a gratitude list in your prayer journal. Make it a habit to write down three things that you are grateful for every morning when you wake up or every night before you go to sleep. You will be surprised how it changes your outlook on life.
Related Post: Bible Journaling For Beginners: Step By Step Guide
2. Stop comparing yourself
The habit of comparison is a subject that is heavy on my heart. Not only because I have been a victim of it myself, but because it has become an epidemic amongst young adults.
A lot of us are so pre-occupied watching other people fulfill their purpose that we miss out on our own calling. And if that’s you, then I suggest you fast from Social Media and TV for a while. Instead, allocate more time to prayer and listen to what God is revealing about your own purpose.
Tip: Read Without Rival by Lisa Bevere. This book will encourage you to embrace your God-given identity in a world of comparison.
Related post: Why Comparison is the thief of Joy
3. Put God first
At the core of our Christian Life is the understanding that whatever we do, we do it for the glory of God. So, if you find yourself in a season that you don’t like, rejoice because God is using this season for His glory.
The key to personal fulfillment is to honor God and center our desires around Him. Only if we put God first we can be more content.
Tip: Look at your situation from a different perspective and ask yourself what you can learn from it.
- Are you struggling financially? See it as an opportunity to try frugal living and budgeting.
- Did you just get out of a relationship? Spend more time with your family and friends and enjoy their companionship while you can.
In Matthew 23:39 Jesus says that the second greatest commandment is to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. Being a part of the body of Christ means to support, strengthen and love others!
Serving, whether in your local church or outside, is a great way to honor God and contribute to the kingdom. As a side-effect, you will realize that your current season is valuable and discover the real purpose of life.
Tip: Talk to your pastor about ways to serve or look up non-profits that are active in your city, such as the nation-wide Dream Centers.
5. Look towards eternity
Honestly, I constantly have to remind myself about this one. This life on earth is just a fraction of what is yet to come!
Meaning, your current season is only a tiny spot in the bigger picture. And you can use that time worrying about recognition, feelings or other things that are temporary or you can set your eyes on eternity and heaven. Choosing the latter will bring you peace and contentment.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2
Related post: 10 Bible Verses on Patience
6. Rest in God’s promises
It’s one thing to believe in God; it is quite another to believe God. – R.C. Sproul
Nothing could be truer than this quote. Trusting God that He will do what he said he will and requires daily commitment.
And through the renewing of your mind, you slowly but surely can learn to let go of your worries and internalize that we serve a God that is faithful, loves us and cares for us! Keeping that mindset at all times will bless you with peace and contentment.
After all, Bethel says it best: let go, trust in him and remember that the wind and waves still know his name.
Tip: Meditate on relevant scriptures whenever you feel discontent. Good ones are: Philippians 4:11-13 | Timothy 6:6-12 | 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
7. Pray for peace and contentment
I’ m a firm believer that prayer can make the impossible, possible. Meaning that if you just can’t get out of a state of unhappiness and hopelessness (after trying all these practices), then prayer is the only thing that will help.
Entrust your situation to God and ask him to help you to find peace and contentment in your current season. You will see, he will make a way.
Prayer: Heavenly father, please change my heart and help me to be more content. Open my eyes to the blessings you have put in my life. Help me understand the purpose of this current season and open doors for me to serve the body of Christ. Amen.
Love & Light