I’m reading a book called “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer. Incredible the lessons in here. Saturday morning I read the following quote:
“Right now you have everything you need to live a happy, content life; you have access to the Father.”
Wow!!!! Do you believe that? I do most days but not all days. Today I’m clinging to it. Leaning on it.
We all are striving for happiness but I encourage you to strive for contentment which is a deeper form a happiness. It’s happiness with today, right now.
“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”~ Philippians 4:11-13 NIV
When Paul spoke these words, he meant it. He had experienced the top and bottom of life. Who made this contentment possible? God – Him who gives me strength.
How do we find that strength? We ask for it. We turn to God. We pray. We bring a friend into our prayer. We say thank you for the list of 1000 things we can be thankful for. Today it may be stuff like – I’m awake, my house, the sunrise. Other days our thankful list is more contemplative – thanks for the lesson I learned today, thanks for the conflict I survived it made me better.
Today, I’m exhausted. I want to be in bed. I started this blog on Saturday and now on Tuesday, do I still believe it? Yes! I do. I am grateful for my friend who prayed with me on the phone this morning. I’m grateful for God reminding me of a task He gave me to do so now I can do it. I’m grateful for a hug from my son. I’m grateful for a quiet house today. I’m grateful for coworkers who understand what my job requires of me and encourage me to press on. I’m grateful for you readers. You keep me honest. I write to encourage us all.
I hope today you realize you are lacking nothing. You are LACKING NOTHING! You have access to the Father! You are LACKING NOTHING. You may be tired. You may be weary. You may be happy. You may be excited. You may have health issues. You may have money issues. You most likely have relationship issues (who doesn’t). You are LACKING NOTHING! I’m preaching to myself this morning! Receive it. I do. I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength. I am LACKING NOTHING! That is contentment. Seek it. Seek Him!
Dream Big! Pray Big!