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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Contentment

One of the things I find interesting in we as human beings on this planet is that there is in innate sense within all of us to be discontent in whatever state we find ourselves in.

We aren't comfortable with the job we have, we desire a different or perhaps bigger home, we plan and strain over something different and more exciting to do for vacations.

We have it so ingrained in the psyche of our American culture to strive, to gain, to achieve, that many times we lose sight of the fact that there is a tremendous amount of value to pausing and even stopping from time to time and realize what we do have.

I think a lot of that comes from a fear of appearing lazy. Non-caring. Apathetic.

Yet most of us need to take heed to the wonderful words of the apostle Paul in the New Covenant of the Bible which states, ".......I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.....I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation."

Paul learned to be content, which again says to me that it is not something that comes naturally because of our human tendency to want more. He says further that it is a secret. What is the great secret? That we can do this through Jesus who gives us strength, or the ability to be content.

Let me ask you this today. To what are you drawn when you feel empty inside? How can you find true contentment?

The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities, and your source of power.

I encourage you today to pause, look at your life from a Jesus perspective, put Him at the top of your list and rely upon Him, and realize that with Him, you need nothing else and yet at the same time have everything that you need - especially contentment.

It might even make your day go better.

2 comments:

Jon said...

True contentment lies with having a daily, deep and abiding, relationship with Jesus Christ. If we remain Christ focused, then we will tend to give more than we ask for...we will serve more than we are served...we will smile more than we frown. The daily talks I have with God, the daily praise and worship time I take with Him, and being in the Word daily lead me down the path of contentment. God will provide all of our needs! He is a gracious and powerful ruler who wants His children to be happy and content! The times when I am the most miserable are those times when my wants overcome my senses and lead me to discontentment. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and mind, and strength...doing that will keep you Christ focused and content.

Jon said...

Found this as I read through my e-mail (Bible verses of the day):

He Makes Us Prosper

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Obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land.

The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.

Deuteronomy 30:8-11 NIV

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And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 KJV