I didn’t grow up believing in Santa Claus. Sad, right? I always knew that there wasn’t a fat man in the North Pole, making toys for all the little boys and girls. The only elves I believed in were Tolkein’s (which might be worse, lol.) Even though I never wrote Santa a letter, that didn’t mean I didn’t make a Christmas list of all kinds of toys I just HAD to have.
As I grew older, my focus shifted from toys to clothes, electronics, room décor, accessories, and basically stuff way more expensive than plastic Barbies. And I didn’t want it just during Christmas. All year round, I was daydreaming about all the things I just HAD to have. Satisfaction never came. As soon as I had one thing, I found something else to desire....
Unfortunately, this isn’t just a Nia-problem, it’s a people problem. Of all the things on our list of desires, contentment is rarely one of them. I’ve often wondered how I would handle being a missionary, or in a situation where I had to let go of things I consider basics, like a computer, eating out, or a family car. Would I be happy? Would I be content? Think about it. As I thought more and more, I realized that I would not. “Things” had control over me, over my mood and even my relationship with God. If my brother broke my computer, I’d probably be mad at him for days. If God said no to something I had really, really wanted, I might question His wisdom. As soon as I realized this, I began praying (sometimes half-heartedly) that God would take away my covetous spirit and strengthen me to be content.
The other day, I read Hebrews 13:5 (NIV).
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God had said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Immediately, I realized that God is enough. He is all we need, before the iPhones and designer clothes. He is where out joy should come from. He is the only thing that can satisfy us. Knowing that He is with us, that he loves us, and that He provides for us should be all we need. Of course that doesn’t mean that we can’t want things or strive after a goal. However, those things should never be the source of our joy. Putting God first is the one and only way to contentment.
How has God provided for you in a way that you would never have suspected? Press the comment button to share! We love hearing feedback and testimonies!
The Kamau Girls
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
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