Discontentment Isn’t Always A Bad Thing. . .

Sure, it’s not a good thing when it’s driven by the shallow and selfish want of bigger, better, or more expensive stuff. It doesn’t provide a healthy perspective on life when it’s rooted in the unwillingness to find a joy and meaning that resides beyond our current circumstances. Discontentment, in it’s common and everyday form, is a dangerous thing. But. . .

For those of us who are followers of Jesus, there should be a sense of discontentment that draws us deeper and moves us forward. When it comes to relationships, including our relationship with Christ, contentment too often translates into complacency, and complacency degenerates into stagnation. This life we have found through His grace is not one of stagnation, but a journey of continued transformation. As Paul said, And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory. (2 Cor. 3:18 NIV) ¬†Within us there should be a hunger for righteousness, a sacred restlessness, a holy discontentment that longs to be more like Jesus than we are right now.

I am grateful for the work of God’s grace in my life and the change it has brought, but I also want live with the awareness that I have not yet arrived. I need to think more deeply, understand more fully, serve more faithfully, and above all, love more completely. With ever-increasing glory, the person I am must be conformed more and more to the image of the One I claim as the Lord of my life.

This site is one way for me to nurture that sense of holy discontentment. It is a personal discipline that reminds me of the multitude of ways God wants to change and shape me by His grace and in His image. I am sharing here conversations that happen in my mind and heart, thoughts and opinions that challenge me, and the enlightening and sometimes painful truths that the Spirit reveals to this imperfect and needy follower. I open it up to you with the hope and prayer that it might, in some way, fill you with a greater desire to move forward and go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. May we, together, be transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory.


2 responses to “Discontentment Isn’t Always A Bad Thing. . .

  • Dale Wine

    I just wanted to let you know that I am bringing that sense of discontentment (not willing to be stagnant) to our gathering tonight. I look forward to seeing you, my colleagues, and being challenged by the Holy Spirit.

  • Ted Ralston

    You know, I can honestly say I’m not sure I “liked” what you have written. But needed in this man’s life for sure. In the alone time, with the family, among the body of Christ, and before the world–discontentment, born of God’s Spirit, moves us up the pathway. C.S. Lewis in the last book of the Chronicles of Narnia, pictures the great Aslan, leading the children into his country.. Higher, farther, faster. And his response to them all as they called out to him was, “Further up and further in.” May it be so…

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