Well, that’s a wrap… I finished out the 90-day contentment challenge by Nancy Ray.
What is the Contentment Challenge, exactly?
- Not shopping for unnecessary stuff for 3 months. Yes, you read that right. No shopping at all. The whole goal of the contentment challenge is learning to be content with what you have
.***Full Disclosure before we move forward, I did buy 1 thing. A new pair of mules because I have been waiting for them to come back in stock at Target for literal months.
How was it?
Well, the first week I almost bought something because I forgot I was doing the challenge but it was wonderful and I learned so much about myself through this process. I need to be honest, discontentment is not something I struggle with and that’s only by the grace of God. Even though I don’t struggle in this area, I’m so glad I took part in the challenge.
What I learned?
- The Lord showed me that while my heart is content with what I have, I pride myself too much in not falling into the consumer trap.
- There are other areas in my life where I am not content.
It was such a blessing to do this challenge so I could dig deeper into the word and see my own flaws. Oh, how I wish I would have done this years ago so I could have seen where I am discontent in my personal life.
After moving from a small town to working at a high-end resort my eyes were open to so many materialistic things that I had to have… A designer bag and the newest trending clothes, an expensive car and a nice house – bigger, better, newer, faster. I fell into the trap of consumerism. Please understand that I am not saying it is bad to drive a luxury car or buy a designer bag. What I am saying is that it is so easy to get wrapped up in “keeping up” that it can prevent us from finding contentment in the only place it can be found – the Lord.
For so long I fought with being discontent with what I had and you may even remember a blog I wrote years ago. I was in the thick of it and praying all the time that I would be released. Then one day I woke up and I no longer struggled with it anymore. *Side Note: I believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer. Being set free from and change has resulted in praying over and over again for years, not days or months but years, friend.* I was set free and I was more than content with what I had.
I can’t even begin to express what a freeing feeling it is to be on this side of contentment and living in a state of gratefulness. It is pure bliss. That was almost 4 years ago. I still pray for contentment. I believe we can fall right back into the same traps, so continuing to pray that your heart and mind would be on guard is just as important.
After this challenge, I am now in a new season of praying for contentment in other areas of my life. What a blessing this journey has been.
Friend, I write all of this to say that, I want you to be free from discontentment, trying to fill that never ending hole in your heart with stuff. Take the contentment challenge, even just for 30 days. Even if you feel like you don’t have a problem. During that time pray. Pray that you will be released from discontentment. That you will find all you need in the Lord. I would love to pray for you as you embark on this journey.
Know I am cheering you on. You can do this.