“ But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6
Today is my 40th Birthday. It is a strange thing to be turning 40. I remember my parents 40th birthday parties and I thought they were quite old at that point.
It feels like an interesting transition point to be entering the second half of life. As I have been praying about this season, I sense the Spirit of God inviting me to embrace this change, and the goodness of what He has planned for me.
One particular way that I feel challenged is to embrace contentment. Over my life I have found that I tend to look forward – seeking the good of what may be coming and striving for the next adventure. And, I miss out on so much of the goodness of what God is doing in the here and now.
As I have been praying, I sense that the gift that He may want to give to me is contentment, a healthy sense of delight in all of the wonder and goodness of the current season. To embrace who He has made me to be – and reject envy or insecurity that I need to be like someone else or more than I currently am. He is asking me to delight in the goodness of the life that He has given to me – instead of thinking about what might come next. To find fulfillment in serving Him and you faithfully in this moment – and to dream about where He is taking us without missing the beauty of where we are now.
So, as I embrace this moment of getting old – I have anticipation for what He has for me in the days to come, but I am also finding joy, peace, and seeking contentment in the goodness of this moment.