Each month in TrueKidz children’s ministry, our elementary kids learn a life application that guides the teaching for the month and helps kids understand the main idea we are focusing on. This month our word was “contentment.” As I began preparing the curriculum, I was bombarded by the reality of the lack of contentment in my own life.
How many times had I complained about not having enough furniture in my house or money to go on trips? Children want other people’s toys, but as adults, if we’re not careful, we can find ourselves wanting other people’s lives. Social media plays a large role in this. Everyday I flip through my phones and see the amazing trips, clothes, and homes other people have and think “why can’t I have that too?”
Contentment is deciding to be okay with what you have. It is about finding fulfillment in Jesus despite your circumstances. The truth is, we all have more than enough. I’m reminded of a song written by Hillsong Worship called “Christ is Enough.” The chorus says,
“Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need”
The whole song is a declaration of how the stuff and struggles of this world are only temporary, and as Christ followers our true contentment is only found in him. In the bridge of the song the lyrics allow us to proclaim, “I have decided to follow Jesus and there’s no turning back!”
Today, I invite you to make Jesus enough for today and not turn back. I can promise that your perspective, relationships, and attitude will change for the better. When you scroll through social media, choose contentment. After all, it is just a highlight reel. Nothing this world can give you will satisfy like Jesus.
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13