“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
“I’m not happy with my job. I’m not happy with my body. I’m not happy with my life. Which decision should "I" take? Is my life moving fast enough?”
When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, the word he used for “content” actually means to be contented with one’s lot in life. Don't you agree we can spend so much energy pushing against our reality when life doesn't turn out the way we planned it. But resisting what is, and trying to control what is beyond our control, can cause anxiety. Frustration takes over. Anger prevails.
I've been there. Trust me.
Instead of making the most of our circumstances, it’s easy to lament the fact that things are not where we believe they should be.
So what if we stopped pushing against what is and learned to embrace our present circumstances?
When we make this shift, it feels like a heavy burden is released from our shoulders. It can also feel scary at first. But truly accepting where we are helps us relax and see the good God has in our present circumstances. We cast our cares, content in trusting that all things indeed will work together for our good. Trusting God to provide and open the right doors at the right time in our life.
This is what I've been seeking in my daily devotional time and prayer to God. I have always been interested in so many things, and the pursuit of my goals has always been an exciting journey and yet what I have really been shifting my focus to is making sure I am doing what God wants from me and to use me to the best of my abilities. To be content with where I am in my life and just taking time to embrace the blessings and not looking so far ahead at the next goal/dream/ vision that I lose sight of where I am and just soaking in the beauty of the moment. I want to continue doing what I love and am passionate about.... speaking, writing and coaching women and moving forward by truly letting God lead me.
When I embraced what is, I discovered happiness greater than any I’d experienced before. Just like Paul tells us to do in Philippians 4, I made intentional choices to be content with my present circumstances / blessings and in the lot God has given me for this season. I've stopped making happiness a destination and have begun making it my way of journeying through life.
Lord, help me embrace what is and live each day with thankfulness for the life I’ve been given. Give me the grace to be happy while I wait for what I want, rather than insist that I cannot be happy until I attain it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have a Blessed day Friends,
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