I don’t like my job, I’m spending more money to go back to school, I’m barely able to pay bills, and it’s still winter. You could say that, simply put, I’m not happy right now.
On the other hand, I’m thankful I have a job, I’m working towards a career job, I’m able to pay my bills, and while I still hate winter, it makes me look forward to spring.
Trust me, I’m not fickle; I’m learning to be content. While there’s nothing wrong with being happy, it’s a temporary emotion. Happiness comes and goes. It’s reliant on circumstances. Being content, on the other hand, is dependent on following the will of God. It’s finding joy in the midst of struggles by having faith in His direction.
I’ll be honest, sometimes His will doesn’t make any sense to me. Sometimes I struggle with His leading. I know He has the best plan for me and I trust Him, but that doesn’t mean I understand Him.
And you know what? That’s ok. I don’t think we’re meant to understand Him; He only asks that we trust His direction. And he promises that His ways are the best (Jeremiah 29:11). Remembering this promise can bring joy even when you’re “unhappy.” So even though right now I’m not real happy with a few aspects of my life, I’m learning to be content with where I’m at.
(Except for winter. I’ll never be content with scraping ice off my car at 7:30 in the morning with subzero wind blasting my face off.)