The Apostle Paul said that whether he had much or little he knew how to be content. [Philippians 4:12]
Oftentimes we find ourselves in situations where we are unhappy with our lot in life. We look at where we are and say that we have wasted our lives, we should have been at this place or that place in our lives by now. The scripture of the talents certainly teach us that we must use the gifts that God has placed in our lives for the betterment of the Kingdom of God. Contentment does not mean that we lack ambition.
Contentment according to dictionary.com…contented;
Let us say that you are a janitor, you work at night often alone in an office building. Do you realise the position of power that you hold? As a Christian, you have been given authority to set the atmosphere of that in which you work. If you pray as you work, sanctifying the very floor, inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit into the spaces that you work in, there has to be a difference in the place. If, as you clean the desk in a manager’s office, declaring the peace and wisdom of God in the office, speaking life over dead situations that exist, how can God help but honor when you declare His Word in a situation. You might find that the floor to which you are assigned to work on is the most peaceful and harmonious floor in the entire building.
We can serve God where ever we are, all we have to do is look for opportunities. I was very impressed with Mr Earl (See video). He recognized that being placed as a parking lot attendant in a financial district, he was uniquely placed to learn from the very people that he served. He could have bemoaned the fact that he was only earning $12 per hour and give mediocre service, but he did not do that. Instead he learned from the best. He did not keep this knowledge to himself as some of us would be wont to do. Instead he taught what he learned to the members of his church. In the meantime, he put what he had learned to use, making the necessary sacrifices, sent his children to college and with wise investments now has a net worth of over USD500k.
When we approach every aspect of our work with an attitude of doing it as unto God, we cannot help but excel where we are. [Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:17, 23-24]. We all will not be well known evangelists. Contentment is the hallmark of a Christian who is joyous no matter what their circumstances. That is not to say we should lack ambition. But if we are faithful in the small things, God will indeed reward us with bigger things. Therefore, while we wait, for the bigger things to come and to happen to us, to propel us into our destiny, let us work where we are with a spirit of excellence.
An excellent example of this is Joseph. In his years as a slave and prisoner, he excelled so much at what he did that he was soon put in charge of wherever he was placed. Eventually he became second in command to Pharoah and exceedingly wealthy. God does indeed reward diligence and faithfulness.
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.