Be Content

A lot of people don’t know this story (probably because it’s so embarrassing). But when I was younger, I believe in 8th grade, I wanted blonde hair. I thought only pretty people had blonde hair. All my friends who were blonde… were pretty!  So naturally, I wanted that, too. 

But on top of naturally wanting that, to be like everyone else, I had a problem. I had (and still do by God’s grace!) natural red hair. 

I remember telling my mom I wanted to dye my hair blonde and for some crazy reason… she let me. 

Oh my. As I looked in the mirror with my dyed hair job gone wrong I was mortified. What was I thinking?!  I’m a natural red head, and we all know natural red heads are some of the palest creatures on earth!  So with my freak dye job (which did NOT make me pretty) and my pale skin I begged someone in my family to take me back to the drugstore to find a magical concotion that could take that awful bleach blondish orange color out of my hair. 

And thankfully I did. And sixteen years later, I run around with my natural, sometimes pretty (depending on the day), red hair. 

As a fourteen year old girl I was naive to the fact of what I already had. I was so fixated on wanting change that I was blind to something that frankly didn’t even need change. 

But as adults, those blinders sometimes come back on. Let me give you a different perspective. 

Maybe as you read this you’re unhappy in an area of your life that you’ve come to the conclusion of:  “If I just had __________ I would be more content.” 

If I just had a different boss… I would be more content. 

If I just had a different job… I would be more content.

If I lived in a bigger city… I would be more content. 

If I just had a better car or a nicer house… I would be more content.

If I had blonde hair… I would be more content. 

I’m convinced that a lot of times we lack happiness where we’re at is because we’re fixated on something that God doesn’t intend for us right now, or maybe even never.  We’re unhappy because we choose to be unhappy and there’s nothing wrong, it’s like we make it up in our own minds. 

The Bible says in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

So before you get caught in the trap of manipulating your way or taking a shortcut to somewhere you’re not even supposed to be yet… look around you and consider what you do have. 

And consider the consequences.  

My challenge to you:  Be content where you’re at until the Holy Spirit moves you. God has you where you are for a reason. Maybe it’s to reach a lost soul that only you could reach. Or maybe it’s because He wants to grow you to be more like his Son.  Don’t rush into things. Be content

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Excuses, Excuses 

I haven’t blogged in months. I’m a little embarrassed!  But I promise I have a good excuse. Maybe more than one…

  1. I’m no longer a teacher in the classroom. As I’ve stated before, I’m now an Instructional Coach at Cottonwood Elementary here in Liberal, KS.  So it’s been difficult to come up with ideas for my blogging. I’ve been trapped as to what to write about that can relate to Jesus and the work I do. 
  2. Being in the classroom I felt like I was presented with a lot of opportunities and ideas that I could easily blog about and somehow relate back to Christ. My students taught me quite a bit. Jesus opened my eyes in numerous ways the past seven years.
  3. Being an instructional coach, my mission field has changed. Yes, I still have a passion for students, both educationally and spiritually. However, in this new position I work more with adults so it’s harder to find things to write about.

I could go on and on and blame my lack of blogging on the fact that I’m in a new position working with a different “age group”.

But God didn’t make me to make excuses. And God doesn’t want you to make excuses either!  

Maybe this week you found yourself justifying your sin.  Or perhaps you were lazy in your Bible reading and prayer life, yet came up with “acceptable” excuses as to why it was okay. Or maybe you haven’t been to church in awhile because you’re mad at someone; or don’t feel comfortable, or you just enjoy that extra time to sleep in. 

Listen, God isn’t a fan of excuses, no matter the reasoning behind them.  And we shouldn’t be okay with excuses either.  We often make excuses because we’re lazy, disobedient, selfish, and prideful. 

This reminds me of how thankful I am that my Savior didn’t make excuses when He was hanging on the cross for my sin!  

You didn’t hear anything like this come from His mouth:

  • “I’m too tired, not today please.”
  • “They deserve their own punishment.”
  • “Now’s just not a good time.”
  • “Sooo… what do I get out of this?”

I get it. It’s tough some times. We get caught up in the busyness of life. But when you become known for making excuses, that’s a problem. Every excuse you make, makes it easier to give another one. 

Be strong this weekend. Get up. Get out. Read your Bible. Clean. Go to church. Pray. Workout. Do your lesson plans.  Rake those leaves… (if you have any in Liberal!)

And don’t let your reputation be defined by your excuses.