Positive discontentment nudges you into pursuing a bigger, happier life
Positive discontentment is a gift from God to help us singles grow.
Slipping into a comfortable rut is a real danger for all of us. Some witty person once said that the only difference between a rut and a grave is that you can climb out of a rut.
When you follow God and seek to obey him, he often injects a restless feeling into your life.
This nagging dissatisfaction is sometimes foggy, but usually it manifests itself in the belief that you can be more, that you're hungry for some quality or strength you don't have.
With singles, it may be the desire to be married, and usually that's much stronger than a tiny nagging voice! That desire shouts loudly to us, every day. Some of us feel an emptiness that only a spouse could fill.
Several years ago, God sowed the seed of being unsettled in me. I didn't understand what it was at first.
The conviction grew stronger and stronger in me that God wanted me to do something different with the rest of my life.
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It can be hard to distinguish positive discontentment from just plain unhappiness. Sometimes we think we need to change our situation, when the truth is that God wants us to change ourselves. How do we tell the difference?
Are you growing--or shrinking?
We can grow in life or we can shrink. We can step out and move forward or we can retreat from life and move backward. The Bible calls us to have faith in God, yet it also counsels us to make wise choices.
All of us should pursue continual spiritual growth. God's plan for every one of us is that we become more Christlike in our character.
That kind of positive discontentment will be in you throughout your life. Once you accept Jesus as your personal savior, you develop a hunger for God that will never be satisfied in this life.
When you're committed to knowing God and you still have another, separate feeling of restlessness, it's time to ask God to show you what to do.
Jumping isn't the answer
Many people jump from job to job or relationship to relationship looking for something better. That's not the answer to positive discontentment. That's just a vain attempt to eliminate boredom.
Being solidly grounded in Christ helps us avoid that kind of "hop-scotch" mentality.
The special discomfort that God sows in our souls is a call to our potential. It's a message that we're not living up to all God wants us to be. When we view it that way, we become more clear on what changes we need to make.
Being better, right where you are
I suspect that when I become old and look back on my life, my greatest regrets will be that I didn't live as large as God wanted me to, that I didn't always pursue the paths he pointed me toward through positive discontentment.
So I'm watching and listening closely. I'm paying attention to these promptings from the Holy Spirit. I'm trusting him to give me the courage I need to follow his plan for me.
How about you?
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