Content Circumstances

Contentment

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Commit yourself to learning to be content whatever the circumstances (Phil. 4:11).

What happens when we get new furniture in the living room? We notice that the walls need painting, the carpet needs changing, new curtains…and the list goes on. Same thing when we buy a new outfit. This may lead to accessories needed for the outfit…maybe a new hairstyle. There’s nothing wrong with redoing things in our house, buying a new outfit, etc., but sometimes it can become a continual search to make our circumstances better where we are not content with what we currently have and feel we need more. There needs to be point where we can be content with what we have and to give our energy and resources to things of the kingdom.

Finding out what the void inside of us is in regards to contentment greatly helps us in realizing why we don’t feel contented. Being filled with the things that are eternal will bring long lasting contentment.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all the things that you have given me…you are the great provider. I pray that if I am discontent in an area of my life, that your Holy Spirit will bring that to the forefront. Fill me with those things that bring everlasting contentment.

Faith tip: Take a good look at all that God has given you today and give him thanks.

Conforming or Transforming?

School of fundamentalist fish

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Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God‘s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

I remember as a teenager that it was so important to me to fit in by wearing the right kind of jeans, having my hair a certain way and other things that teens would prioritize as most important. I was conforming to the standard of my peers. What was considered cool at that time was communicated through the magazines I read and advertisements I saw on TV.

I am really glad to have grown past all that—one benefit of growing older. There is true freedom experienced in being myself and maturing into the person God meant me to be. My mind has the opportunity of being renewed each day. It is a choice I must make. Do I want to strive after the things of this world, or do I want to experience true peace and joy in just being who I am? I believe God’s will is experienced in being true to who I am and allowing him to transform me from the inside out.

Prayer: I praise you, Lord, for making me unique. Your plan for my life is meant only for me and I pray that I can follow your plan daily. Amen

Faith Tip: Consider your own uniqueness today. What makes you who you are? Praise God for that. Is there something in your life that is of that pattern of this world? Discard it. You will love the “new you” being created each day in the loving hands of the potter.