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“ 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.