Today I was washing a few dishes. I got to a travel mug and thought how hard it was to clean inside the narrow cup, so I started scrubbing the outside and thought, ahhh, that’s easier! It hit me that this is pretty much how we view ourselves.
It’s easy to make ourselves look good on the outside. It’s easy to hide behind a mask of good manners (well, most of the time). It’s easy to make it appear that we have it all together. But at our core, we are hiding our sin.
It made me think about how I have been acting on the inside the past few days. It’s been a trying few days…there were a number of things that brought out the sinful nature of my heart in the last 36 hours. I had some pretty ugly thoughts. While on the outside I seemed alright (for the most part, lol, though, only my family members saw me the last 36 hours) inside I was cursing my circumstances and the things I had to do.
What I needed to do was remember how blessed I am. How small the inconveniences were compared to the things I have. And that my sin of discontentment has already been paid for by Christ’s sacrifice.
As I’ve been thinking about this, I’m reminded of the following:
Contentment means being satisfied and at peace with God’s will in all situations. It’s a state of the soul where your desires conform to wherever you find yourself. ~ Dave Harvey
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. ~ Psalm 13:6
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