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Journey in Contentment

Cory Cole

The excitement is real, Swamp Blog readers! Because if you still haven’t heard, as of last week…

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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That’s right guys! All seven weeks of summer camp at The Swamp are open for registration! Click here to check out the dates and register. After you’re registered, celebrate, throw yourself a party or something. Because it’s going to be an amazing and memorable summer for all!

I hope you’re as excited as I am for summer camp! But something else I want to share with you guys is contentment. One of the most difficult things to obtain, yet one of the most fulfilling and freeing things in have in your life. A couple month’s ago I wrote a blog about how being joyful brings us closer to God and closer to contentment. This week I want to share with you guys personally about my own journey in contentment.

Before college, I had never really given thought to what contentment is. I think it wasn’t as much of an issue for me until after I became a disciple, quite honestly. Contentment became something that I eventually realized I really needed, and something I longed for. It was about a year ago that I found this quote that I shared about in the previous blog.

“There is an unmistakable freedom that accompanies contentment; a freedom to be who you are, enjoy who you are, and live the life you were destined to live.”

This really struck my heart this first time I read it; I really wanted this “unmistakable freedom,” but I almost overcomplicated it with wanting it so badly. I was still being discontent in looking for contentment (which is really silly if you think about it). I wanted to be in this place where I could be happy with where I was in life, where I wouldn’t complain as much or stress myself out over what I don’t have.

Now about a year later, I understand contentment a lot more. I understand now that it isn’t something I work towards and achieve; its also not a “place” that I will get to one day.

Being at The Swamp last summer taught me a lot about contentment; it was also a lot easier to be content there surrounded by good friends and an encouraging environment. But I’m called to be content no matter where I am or who I am with, because it isn’t defined by a physical place.
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It is living contently today and rejoicing for where I am today. I still struggle with it, some days are great because I am content with the busyness of life and the things I have to get done. Some days, I do quite the opposite. But like I described it earlier, It’s a journey, not a destination.

A little encouragement from Paul on contentment:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12-13

Thanks for reading guys! I encourage you guys to think about your own journeys of contentment and what you need to do to live it out today!

Until next week,

CORY

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