Stale Bread or Cinnamon “Roles” (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #5)

Have you thought lately about your roles in life?

I’m not talking about those fresh cinnamon rolls in the oven (although if that is the case, I would appreciate an invite over to your house… or you can mail them to me.) I also don’t mean the little rolls of “fluff” that might accumulate around your waistline after too many of the aforementioned pastry snacks.

Today’s post is all about the roles in life that God has called us to fill.

Take just a moment to spiritstorm your roles… Got ‘em? Here’s some of mine:

Army wife. Mama-in-progress. Minister. Writer. Speaker. Puppy mama. Friend. Sister. Daughter. Encourager. Leader. Cinnamon-roll eater.

(Ok, just kidding on that last one.)

But seriously—the roles in our life can be a primary source of contentment—or discontentment, depending on how we choose to fill them.

I personally am a huge fan of being married. Well, not just being married, but specifically my role to be the wife of my beloved Brandon. We have been married two years, and I am <still> crazy about him.

However, my role is not just to be his wife—I am an ARMY wife. That adds a whole new dimension to the role that I have been called to by God. I could choose to dwell on the army part of that role and wish for other circumstances, or I can rejoice in the wife part– loving my husband with everything I have, second to Jesus.

It doesn’t matter if you are married, single, widowed, divorced, whatever… we all have the opportunity to choose if we will embrace the role God has given us… or not.

When it comes to calming our anxious heart and finding contentment, rejoicing in the here and now is key. We can anticipate tomorrow and all the great things to come, but when we spend too much time dreaming about  the moment when our role will change from “mama of preschooler”  to “empty nester” or for “single” to change to “married,” we miss the joy and contentment that God has provided in the moment.

Linda Dillow, author of the book “Calm my Anxious Heart,” shares some powerful truths when it comes to being content in our roles.  She says that we must see our life and roles from God’s perspective. We should THANK God for the role He has given us and embrace it as an overflowing cup instead of a cross to bear.

Fulfilling our roles in life with a content heart is not going to be easy. We will all struggle. But we can trust that God knew what He was doing when He gave us our particular roles.

What roles have you been called to fill in life? Do you struggle with them, sometimes wishing they were different? Are you rejoicing in the here and now with your role or spending your time thinking about tomorrow?  Discussion and feedback brings such a new dimension to this blog—leave your comments below.

Sometimes our “roles” might taste like stale bread as in, kind of hard to swallow at the moment. Other times our roles are going to be pretty sweet, like those warm, fresh cinnamon rolls right out of the oven…

Either way, we can cling to the fact that Jesus is the bread of life—He is the one who walks with us to fulfill our roles on a daily basis on our journey to contentment.

Let’s be content with our “roles,” cinnamon or otherwise. When we embrace them from God’s perspective, all our roles have the potential of being sweet.

Hungry for Christ,
SGK

“Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your mouth is full of gravel.” ~Proverbs 20:17 MSG

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If you are “officially” participating in the online Bible Study “Calm My Anxious Heart,” here is the homework for the upcoming week, chapter 5.

Day 1–Study Guide: Question 1, Memorize Colossians 3: 12 – 14.  Questions 2, 3, 4

Day 2–Study Guide: Questions 5,6,7

Day 3–Study Guide: Questions 8, 9

Day 4–Study Guide: Question 10

Day 5–Study Guide: Questions 11, 12

***Extra***

Word Study:  Colossians 3: 12 – 14

Chosen; Holy; Beloved; Kindness; Humility; Patience; Bear (forbear); Forgive; Love; Perfect unity

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18 thoughts on “Stale Bread or Cinnamon “Roles” (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #5)

  1. Contentment is a challenging thing to do. But I find it much easier when I’m not comparing my life and “accomplishments” to other people. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Sharita.

    • Right on, Malisa! We can get so wrapped up on what other people have (and what we THINK we want) we forget to focus and thank the One who gave us all we have!! Be blessed my friend!

  2. Thought provoking post. I am very content with the roles I have been given but I struggle with being better at them. My word for the year is “better” so I pray daily that God will make be a “better” everything.

    • Amen, Vicky! I also rejoice in the fact that even in our roles, God doesn’t expect perfection… He just wants us to be simply faithful! (WHEW!)

  3. “Bloom where you’re planted”, right? Sometimes our roles aren’t the ones we anticipated or want for our lives. But God knows what He’s doing! I think that each time in our life prepares us for something to come. So, even if we are currently in a role that makes no sense to us, God will use the experience to grow us and make us better able to handle our next role in life.

    Blessings, Joan

    • AMEN Joan! I couldn’t have said it better myself– We really have to trust God with the roles He places us in, knowing that they aren’t random, but they are purposeful.

  4. Great post! I found you on “Tell me a story” – I needed ot hear this today. My “role” looks like it might be changing a bit; and I’ll admit, I had a bit of a stale bread flavor about it. I can see that new things will open up, but I wonder “what!?!” and just need to be OK with it being in God’s time, not my time.

    • First, thanks so much for stopping by! Secondly, I have just lifted you up in prayer for your potentially changing roles… May they be fresh and extra cinnamon-ny and sugary! 🙂

  5. jerralea

    Great post! It goes along with the idea of being “fully present” where you are. Too often we are wishing our life away, wanting the next stage of life to begin…. or in my case, longing for the stage of life that has passed …

    • Great point! Sometimes we get so wrapped in the wanting of whats next (or yearning for previous seasons) we miss what is right in front of us. Thanks for you comment. Bless you 🙂

  6. Wonderful post.

  7. Thank you for this, Sharita. I strive to see with God eyes in all parts of my life, but it seems easier when I break it down this way. Your words bless me tonight.

    • You are very welcome, Laura… We are all in the same (ish) boat so its great to be rowing (or “baking”) together!

  8. Thank you for sharing your sweet bread of life roles at Tell Me a Story! So yummy! 🙂

  9. You write with such energy so I’m thinking you approach all your “rolls” that way. God bless you and thanks for the wisdom.

    • Appreciate that, Ann! While my writing my indicate that I approach all my rolls with enthusiasm, sometimes it kind of depends on the day (darn human nature!) Thanks for the encouragement!

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