finding contentment

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“When we are content–not because we’ve learned to settle for less, but because we are undone by how much we’ve been given in Christ–we are living testaments to the love and generosity of God. Understanding what we have in Christ is the beginning of the fight against the constant desire for something else, whether that ‘else’ is money, or power, or excitement. When we live in such a state of gratitude, we are poised to see the extraordinary God in the midst of the ordinary. We must fight for this, through Christ who strengthens us, by praying for and pursuing an ever-growing understanding of the riches of the gospel. When we become convinced that God, in His grace, has held nothing back from us in Christ, then we can stop our wandering eyes and hearts from continually seeking out something else. Something more. Something further. We can instead be freed to live in the middle of the great riches of Jesus. And when we do, we’ll realize more and more that the extraordinary has come. He was born. He lived a perfect life and died a sinner’s death. And we have been made new in Him. We are the sons and daughters of God. Adopted children. And for people like that, who know who they are and what they already have, they don’t need anything else.”

– Michael Kelley, from Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life