7 Things That May Be Draining Your Joy (Part 3). By Iyke Nwambie
Continued from yesterday:
3. Lack Of Contentment Will Drain Your Joy
Apart from the stories ‘you’ tell ‘you’ and the ‘leaky-hole’ of hatred, another factor that can drain our joy is a life that is void of contentment. Talking about contentment does not imply the lack of aspiration to be more, do more and have more of what God has for us, it means the absence of what I call ‘satisfactory advancement.’ Satisfactory advancement is an attitude that says:
“I know that I have not yet arrived, but I will rejoice because of the knowing that I have left where I used to be.”
My dear friend and partner, many are daily comparing themselves with the Joneses and end up running what they call the ‘rat-race’ of life. They have this mindset that their joy and happiness will come when they acquire a particular status in life. They believe that their joy will flow when they live in a particular neighborhood, drive a particular kind of car, marry a particular kind of spouse, pastor a particular kind of church, land a particular kind of job, own a particular kind of company, acquire a particular amount in their bank account.
But my dear friend, while it is good and worthy to have goals and aspirations to live for, the value we hold as we aspire towards those goals also matter. It is that value that keeps our sanity in the murky waters of life. Socrates puts it this way:
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” ―Socrates
That is so true! It is the lack of satisfactory advancement that makes us see some millionaires who commit suicide, it is the lack of satisfactory advancement that makes us see some educated people who slander their spouses before third parties, it is the lack of satisfactory advancement that makes you see a man or woman who seems to have everything you wish anyone can have in life yet he or she is depressed by his or her circumstances.
Paul the great apostle by the Holy Spirit tells us to maintain an attitude that is content that is not influenced by external pressures and circumstances. He wrote:
“…in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philip. 4:11).
Paul was literally saying that he had learnt how to live his life in such a way that his circumstances would not dictate his mood and joy! That was why the prison walls could not stop Paul from praying, praising God and writing epistles of encouragement to the church.
Friend, I stand in the gap to break that yoke that is draining your joy today. I command it to let go of your mind now, in Jesus name. Yes, live a life of contentment, a life of satisfactory advancement. For that is the kind of life that shows our true gains in life according to this scripture:
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6).
May your gains show forth speedily in Jesus name. (Watch out for part 4)
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