Looking Back: What’s One Thing You Learned this Year?

Contentment isn't about our calendars or to-do lists, our situation or season. Contentment is always about the heart.

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Almost 365 days ago I chose “content” as my word for 2017. Paul said, “I have learned to be content” (Php. 4:11). This seemed like a worthwhile lesson.

I thought “content” would mean that my year would be calm. But we decided to build a new house and welcomed a grandbaby and I launched a book and we traveled. And there was also just regular old life–the coming and going, the doing and pursuing, the groceries and the laundry.

Looking back, I realize that I missed the next part of that verse, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Contentment isn’t about our calendars or to-do lists, our situation or season. Contentment is always about the heart.

And, in spite of all the chaos, I’m coming to the end of this year feeling more content than when it began. In the post I wrote when I chose this word, I said, “As best I can tell, being content means being satisfied with what we have and who we are. It’s not settling nor passivity; it’s about life and growth.” It’s knowing, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Php. 4:13).

This year I have learned contentment doesn’t mean complacency.

But it also doesn’t mean striving. Just because I can do all things through Christ doesn’t mean I have to do it all. (I also said “no” more than ever before this year.)

I’m keeping “content” as my word for the year in 2018 too. I feel like I’ve just begun to understand its layers, the true meaning of it. I need more time and practice and leaning into the Love that makes contentment possible. I’m not done with the lesson yet. And I don’t think it’s done with me.

What’s one thing you’ve learned in 2017? What’s your word for the year in 2018? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share. (Subscribers, to leave a comment please click here to visit the blog post.)


Holley Gerth

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About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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