This month at Northside Kids we’re discovering what it means to live with contentment. We’re learning that contentment is deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. What I love about this is that it highlights the role that choice plays in contentment. As we have the choice to show faith, forgiveness, trust or love, this definition reminds us that we also have the choice to choose whether or not we are content with what God’s given us.
At Northside Kids, our heart is that the children we lead will not only take in a great message but they will also learn how to live out that message in their own lives. One of our Northside kids reflected that showing contentment is being grateful even when the birthday present we get isn’t what we wanted. Maybe for you being content is learning to be OK even when we don’t have the fancy home we’ve always dreamed of; or it could even be choosing to be content when we feel like we don’t have enough money.
One way that we can show ultimate contentment is in our trust of God – in every circumstance. That’s why we want to challenge Northside’s kids this month to memorise what Paul says in Philippians 4:12b: “I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough.” (NIV)
Can I challenge you to read and contemplate the heart behind this verse and learn, as the Northside Kids and leaders are, to live it out in your own life?