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Learning to be content

I’m in an interesting place in life. On paper, things are going really well. I’m married to the most amazing woman in the entire world. She is my best friend and most trusted companion. The people that I have the honor of calling my friends are some of the most uplifting and caring individuals one could ever hope to meet. On top of all of that, I am blessed with a full time job at a medical center in Seattle. As I mentioned previously, on paper, life is going quite swimmingly.

The issue that I’m facing now is that of finding contentment.   Married life is a pure joy and while being married is undoubtedly a full time job in itself, it also yields incredible joy that can only come from Christ. There is without a doubt no trouble finding contentment there. My brothers, the men I can call my true friends, also are a source of contentment for me. They challenge me in my walk with Jesus, they laugh at me during the happy times, and cuss the world with me on tough days. The problem doesn’t lie with Heather and my brothers, the problem lies with work.

My coworkers are some of the best people you could hope to work with. They are funny, intelligent, somewhat crazy, and overall caring people. They make work enjoyable but the real issue regarding contentment is with the overall lack of stimulating challenges. Call me a weirdo, but the idea of having to wrack my brain around an idea and not understand a technical problem excites me! I would love to come home and have Heather ask me what is on my mind and for me to say, “I can’t figure out this problem”. Finding obscure and creative solutions to problems is something I long for. So much of my current job in IT is manual labor/redundant actions. This includes moving computers from one office to another, cleaning out printers, etc. The weirdest thing about my job is that my manager throws occasional challenges at me and those are awesome! In fact, he is pretty cool because he lets me use available free time to research/create my own projects. This has led to some pretty awesome pet projects I’ve worked on throughout the past few years. The problem for me is that this is not consistent at all. I can write an awesome software application that becomes an instant hit with my staff and then the next day I’m told to install 30 monitors in the hospital or help move a department from one building to another. This juxtaposition of two totally different types of work is killing me. My friends will be the first to say that I do not like change and this moving around from manual labor to mental stimulation is very exhausting.

Is it wrong of me to desire more challenge? Am I asking too much in this economy to be looking for a more mentally demanding job? These are the things I’m trying to figure out. I’ve been praying a lot about it and Jesus, as He often does, keeps telling me to be patient. This, as many of you know, is something I struggle with daily.

So, I guess learning to be content in all times, as Paul writes, is something that I’m going to have to do now.

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