I think we would all agree that at some point in our lives, we each struggle with unhappiness, a spirit of discontentment, with wanting more than what we have. We have all those moments where we quiet listening to the Lord. Well, maybe it was more like talking at Him, telling Him what we wanted. Does that sound familair? I hope and pray these messages encourages you choice to be happy. Have a wonderful day being happy right where you are.
“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)
How many times have we said this to God. If He would just give me the desires of my heart, I knew I could be happy. But I have learned in my life that what God wants from us is to Be happy now. If you don’t learn to be happy while you’re waiting for what you want, you’ll never be happy when you get what you want.
Let me encoruage you that happiness cannot be the sole aim of our existence. Living out our purpose by serving and loving others as Christ does is our ultimate goal. When we stop focusing so much on what we want, and focus our gaze on what God wants to do in and through us, contentment follows. In fact, happiness is an external indication of internal contentment.
This realization should stop us in our tracks. The idea that we could choose happiness is refreshing. The first step was to embrace life exactly as it was; in other words, to be content. To count our blessings more, Most importantly, decide to wholeheartedly trust God.
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. What if we stopped pushing against what is and learned to embrace our present circumstances?
When that shift is made, it feels like a heavy burden is released from our shoulders. 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.
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