Keepers of The Home
I am sure that I have written on this topic on more than one occasion, but I find it so vitally important to our growth that we learn to discern when discontentment is productive and when it is not. Learning when our habits are detrimental to ourselves and others can be a good thing, but allowing that discontentment to make us and others miserable is poisonous to our souls.
My husband and I have been fighting over the same topic for the last few years, and little by little we are both growing through it. I have been clutched by bitterness more often than I like to admit during this struggle. I thank God that my husband eventually hears my heart and begins to take steps in a direction that helps me feel loved and cared for by him. This is productive discontent: I begin to feel unthought of by him, I mention it, we discuss it, and we grow.
When we feel like our requests fall on deaf ears, we can begin to feel defeated. These are the times we need to really press into the Holy Spirit's wisdom, or we may find ourselves consumed with grief and bitterness. I cannot point you in any direction other than to God. He must always and ever be our source of wisdom and truth.
Maybe the enemy has us focused on the wrong things. Maybe gratitude could help us get out of our rut. It may be that we really need that other person to act on our behalf because we have grown weary in feeling unequally yoked. The Holy Spirit can give you the discernment that you need and show you how to move forward without causing more harm to yourself or to the relationship you are struggling with.
The scripture in 1 Timothy 6:6 goes on to talk about material discontentment and how blessed we are when we understand the need to be grateful for the material things we have or don’t have in this world. This comes relatively easy to me somehow, but I know it can become all-consuming for others. Realize that when you find yourself dealing with discontentment, it is a spiritual battle. The faster we are able to recognize the enemy’s tactic and begin to fight it with the truth of scripture, the shorter our struggle will be.
We are advised in 1 Timothy 6 that we came into the world naked and we will go out naked. Our souls are in preparation right now for spending eternity with our Heavenly Father. I hope to arrive a little learned from my time in this world, but I am painfully aware of just how much of a babe I still am in Christ. May we all continue to discipline our bodies and set aside every weight of sin that so easily besets us so that we can win the race. (Hebrews 12:1)