Do you like your life? If you were asked to rate your satisfaction level, with 10 being the highest rating, where would you rate your life satisfaction right now?
Got your number in your head?
Now; what would it take to move you one number closer to a perfect ten? And one more question: Does your answer require a change in circumstances that are out of your control?
If your contentment with life is resting on circumstances that you can't change, you will find yourself walking around mostly unhappy and full of self-pity. God didn't call us to stew over things we can't control, things like our talents, our looks, our family, our community, and etc. He doesn't call us to apathy either, but that's a subject for another time.
I can tell you what would move us a number closer to a perfect ten in contentment. We will move towards contentment when we start interpreting the circumstances of our lives through the lenses of trust and gratitude. Trust that God has sovereignly given us these circumstances and gratitude for the goodness of His heart towards us.
Here's a quote from Andrew Murray that I came across recently:
In times of trouble, say, "First, He brought me here. It is by His will I am in strait place; in that I will rest.
Next, "He will keep me here in his love and give me the grace in this trial to behave as His child."
Then say, "He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow."
And last, say, "In his good time He can bring me out again. How, and when, He knows."
Therefore say, "I am here 1) by God's appointment 2) in His keeping 3) under His training 4) Until his time."
My Prayer: "Lord, help me to trust You completely and rest in Your sovereign plan. Thank You for the promises that Your heart is good towards me and that even when I can't see it, You are working for my good and for Your Glory"