What Am I Doing With My Life? Searching for My Purpose: Part 2
Contentment: a state of happiness and satisfaction
During the course of our lives we will all pursue many goals. Some we will achieve easily while we may fail miserably at others. What do all these goals have in common? What do we hope to gain by reaching these goals? I doubt that I am speaking for myself when I say that contentment often lies at the center of our goals on a subconscious level.
Proverbs 21: 30–31
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”
Our constant searching for contentment is not the problem. The problem lies within where we hope to find contentment.
Today’s society is obsessed with success, money, fame, sex, etc. What we so often fail to realize is that no matter how hard we strive to achieve these things, if we chase after them in terms of worldly possessions we will never truly achieve them. Worldly things are fleeting and so is the contentment found in them.
Something will always be missing, because true, lasting contentment and victory only comes from our personal relationship with God.
If we place God at the center of all of our goals, we will find worth in achieving his plans for our lives. His understanding is so far beyond our wildest dreams, and he knows just what will give us lasting fulfillment. God wants us to give ourselves over to him wholeheartedly. So that he in turn can fill us to the brim with the peace, joy, and rest that only come from the assurance he has given us.
So, the next time you find yourself making a new list of goals, take the time to decide what lies at the center of what you are pursing. Make sure that God will receive the glory for what you hope to achieve. Ultimately, that is where our purpose is found by doing his will.