Holy discontent is a matter of looking within. That is looking to what God is doing in our lives and what the world desperately needs.
Unholy discontent is looking around. Looking all about us at the circumstances of others and comparing.
Holy discontent sees suffering and gets closer. The closer we get the more we know and the more moved we are to act in compassion.
Unholy discontent sees suffering and moves away. Allowing it to fade in the distance as a set of cold statistics, pronouncing “I’m so glad I’m not __________.”
Holy discontent is about the internal.
Unholy discontent is about the external.
Holy discontent is responding to the need of a child.
Unholy discontent is giving your child everything they want.
Unholy discontent is striving to make a difference.
Holy discontent is being someone whose life makes a difference.
The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
1 Timothy 6:6 ESV
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment…