Content With the Hard Stuff
Contentment. It is not an easy state to stay in. We are not content about our food; wrong brand of milk. Wrong flavor of chips. We are not content about the weather; too windy, cold, or hot. Our house is too little, too cluttery, or too dirty. Our kids are too loud, don’t listen and are too whiny.
Our husbands… Oh we won’t go there! lol
The socks left on the floor…
The hammer left on the kitchen table.
We can complain about a lot of things. Every day. Or we can be content with what we have.
The cold windy day, because it blows the leaves out of our yard. The small house that doesn’t take long to clean. The kids that are healthy enough to drive us bonkers with their noise.
There is always something to be thankful and content about.
There is one thing that the Spirit keeps asking me if I’m content with… the hard stuff.
Those hard things that keep bringing me to my knees. The things that keep me running to Christ. My weaknesses. The thorn in my flesh. The person that I forgive again and again. The HARD stuff that I face each day.
Am I content with that hard stuff in my life?
Not content, as is I want to stay STUCK where I am. No, not that at all, but rather content with the way those hard things have affected me. If you are like me, you have been beaten, stepped on, wrinkled, torn, to some degree. Yet, the hard things I’ve been through have taught me something; they have formed me into who I am today. I have become a different person because of the junk I’ve had to go through.
Am I content with that? Am I content with the fact that I had to go through hard stuff in order to more fully become the person God has planned for me to be?
Recently a pastor showed a crisp, clean, brand new $100 bill. The pastor went on to crumple, step on, and tear the $100 bill. Then he showed us the bill. He asked how much it was worth now. It looked like it was years older; yet the value was still $100.
He said that we were all once that crisp dollar bill; yet, for many of us, life has crumpled, beaten, stepped on, wrinkled, and torn us. He asked, do those things make us worthless? Though we are crumpled, beaten, stepped on, wrinkled, torn… Under all those hurts that have happened in our life, we still have the same value. Because of Christ.
Through Christ we are made into a brand new creation. Those things that crumpled us, tore us, and the times we were stepped on… those hard things… Things that Satan might be still plaguing us with today…
- have made us into the person we have become.
- have brought us to the place where we can help someone else.
- cause us rely on Christ more.
Paul said in perfectly in 2 Corinthians 12:
So, to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul asked for that hard thorn to be taken from him. Then he realized that because this thorn was still there, it reminded him how much he needed Jesus. WITHOUT Jesus, He could do NOTHING.
That thorn that we wish would leave; it is what brings us to our knees.
That hard stuff; it is where we can see Christ’s strength!
Through the hurts that we have, we can see the power of Christ.
His grace is all we need. We can be content in that.