On the outside, Chloe appears to have it all together. She is single, has a career, and is fairly active in her local church. But she's lonely, disenchanted by her career, and feels detached from her church. The shell that her peers admire conceals her discontentment and joyless Christianity. Chloe had envisioned a different life for herself. By now, she thought she’d be in her prime, but she’d found herself in a pit of misery. She thought she'd be married, still connected to her college friends, raising a family, and mentoring younger Christian women. But her present reality disappointed her expectations. Her discontentment has led her down a dark path of sin, searching for relief but only finding death.
Chloe's only hope of curing her discontentment and unhappiness is learning the art of contentment and embracing a biblical view of God. Those two things are essential for her joy.
It's Not You, It's Me
Chloe represents many Christians struggling to cope with the hand they’ve been dealt. Her heart condition not only applies to singles, but the married alike. Every morning, Christians across the country wake up discontent with life — singleness, marriage, career, church, or community — and wish they could trade it for a different one.
Our discontentment leads to wishful but hopeless (and sometimes suicidal) thinking. We attempt to replace and eliminate anything that we perceive is linked to our discontentment:
- "I hate being single, so I should settle."
- "My spouse doesn’t satisfy me, so I should get a new one."
- "My job isn’t fulfilling, so I should quit."
- "My church isn’t exciting, so I should leave."
- "Life is full of misery, so I should end it."
- "God doesn’t make me happy, so I should reject him."