Ever had someone sneak up on you and suddenly scare you? You probably had a good laugh. Did it make you any less of a person because they tricked you? No. So if after reading this article you find that Discontentment has snuck up on you and it scares you, please don't feel like less than a human being. We can't see everything. We don't have vision like God. But we do have extra spiritual eyes. We have the Holy Spirit and the word of God that exposes everything. (Hebrews 4:12-13) If after doing some heartfelt soul searching you find that Discontentment has snuck up on you thank God for revealing it to you. Confess it, repent, and keep it moving. (Proverbs 28:13)
How often have we heard someone say or said ourselves, “If I had been raised this way or that way,” or, “If my childhood had gone like this or that I would be better off?” Might this person be Discontented? Yes, especially if this is a pestering thought. Anyone annoyed by such thoughts is not happy or satisfied with themselves or their circumstances. Some of us see the deceptive trick the Devil has played on someone who feels this way. And remember, it doesn't make us any less of a person if that trick has been played on us. Discontentment is a tricky dude. He sneaks up on us all at one time or another.
Please Read Ecclesiastes 7:13-14
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 says that God has made the good time as well as the bad time. And no one can straighten what he has made crooked. So if we really believe what God's word says we will accept the good with the bad. That includes our childhood. If we believe God we will stop blaming our parents, our past circumstances, etcetera, for who we are today. Even if our parents sucked at raising us Jesus tells us to forgive them. (Matthew 6:14-15) We are now adults, and have way more control over our own lives. Changing for the better is a good thing. It is often hard but it's worth it. Our human nature though finds it a lot easier to blame others for what we don't like about ourselves. It's much easier to mope in self-pity. If this is how we feel deep down inside Discontentment has snuck up on us. God's word encourages us to deal with our feelings. Believing and following God will nullify all feelings of Discontentment and self-pity. (1 Timothy 6:8)
SHAKE IT OFF
Please Read Proverbs 28:13
The first step to overcoming any wrong thinking is to admit it. We must be honest with God and with ourselves by confessing any feelings of resentment we have towards our parents or anything else. Maybe you didn't have a normal childhood. Maybe there are things you wished you could have done as a child you never got to do. Be honest before God and tell Him how this made you feel. Then please follow His counsel and let it go. We can never change the past. But you can play a big part right now in choosing for yourself how life will be now and in the future. That doesn't mean it will be easy. But it can be done. Positive change is better than allowing resentment to secretly build up in our hearts and destroy us. (1 Peter 5:8-9) Self-pity is a trap of the Devil. Instead, if we delight ourselves in the Lord he WILL give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalms 37:4) Believe God. Don't believe feelings of Discontentment and resentment.
If you've noticed that Discontentment has snuck up on you and it scares you, good. It should scare you. But you can shake it off through confession and believing what the Bible says. Follow God's word not your heart. (Jeremiah 17:9) The human heart is the most treacherous thing of all. If you really want proof that negative things in one's childhood can turn out super good read what the Bible says in John chapter 9 about a man who was born blind, and how this brought glory to God. You are a unique human being. There is no one else on earth created exactly like you. Thank God for creating you and embrace who you are. With God's help make the changes that need to be made for His glory. Changes that will make you better not bitter.