Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content – Philippians 4:11
I am currently reading “The Resolution for Women” (along with a couple other books). I have developed a habit of reading two or three books at a time. I used to think this was a bad thing, but I realized there are certain days, when I am in certain mood and there are certain books that give me what I need. Having said all that, I want to take time to talk about the “Resolution”. I hope to blog on each of the thirteen resolutions eventually, as I go through the book. For now, here is number one:
I DO SOLEMNLY RESOLVE TO EMBRACE MY CURRENT SEASON OF LIFE AND WILL MAXIMIZE MY TIME IN IT. I WILL RESIST THE URGE TO HURRY THROUGH OR CIRCUMVENT ANY PORTION OF MY JOURNEY BUT WILL LIVE WITH A SPIRIT OF CONTENTMENT.
Honestly, this is a hard one for me. It’s going to require some serious action and prayer on my part. I have always been in a hurry to get on with things. How many of us say “When I get married I will be happy”, “When I have a baby I will be happy”, or “When I finally get that dream job I will be happy”? I’m certain most people have done this a time or two or maybe all your life. I know I have.
The thing we have to remember is this…WE are responsible for our own happiness. Someone once told me that your happiness is always inside of you. You just have to find it. And yes, sometimes the right circumstances factor into that happiness but it is ultimately within yourself. Now, I know you have probably heard all of this before and maybe you’re thinking, blah, blah, happiness, up to you, blah, blah. Trust me, been there, said that.( Maybe even today). BUT as I was writing for today’s blog, I started out on a different topic, then God said, no..stop right there. We need to move in a different direction. Sometimes He helps ME while I’m trying to encourage others. Hence today’s topic. Yes, God I hear you…loud and clear!
If we continually wait on that perfect set of elements to line up in a nice little circle and surround us before we can say we are truly happy and enjoying our lives, then we will be waiting a long time and we will have missed out on the journey. Life is a series of events, ups and downs. We have to learn to be content with where we are and what we have. Often, this takes loads of prayer and trust on our part and the acceptance that we are where God needs us to be at this very moment and find a way to be content. It kind of takes the burden off when you look at it that way. Just by saying God is in control and I’m going to sit here and be happy about it.
It will be a challenge. I know it will be for me. But I resolve to give it my very best effort. Think about how you can incorporate this resolution into your life and let me know how it goes! : )