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Thought for the Day

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Philippians 4:11


We are surrounded by a discontented society. People are always looking for something better than what they already have, even if they don’t need it. Advertisements and salespeople routinely offer us more channels on a TV than we could ever watch, more electronic gadgets than we could ever use, and more food than we could really eat. Yet we find ourselves accustomed to expecting more than what we need in order to feel like we are getting the best possible deal. No wonder we have become a society that believes more is better.

This is one reason we have to relearn on how to view our ways of viewing food. We need not to just learn to view food as fuel, but as nutrition that our body needs and how much to serve and satisfy it.

This reality of our culture has spilled into our spiritual lives as well. We have couples divorcing because they think their contentment will be realized as singles or perhaps the grass is greener with someone else. We have singles who long to be married to the point of missing out on this season of their lives to be close to God. We have children who long to be free from their parents’ authority and parents who long to be retired, but fail to realize their savings fall short of being able to support their dreams.

If we would embrace contentment, we could experience a greater and deeper power of self-control and joy. Our happiness can’t be rooted in our marriage, children, work, singleness, or ministry. The power of contentment comes from within and out of those who know that God is in control of their lives and is always working out things for their good.

Ones contentmemt removes the fretfulness of trying to be like everyone else or only experiencing joy when everything goes their way. A contented woman in the seasons of her life will be used by God to accomplish her dreams and her destiny in Him—nothing is impossible for her through God. True contentment comes out of a desire to accept life as God has ordained and not according to what the world dictates.

Prayer

Dear Lord, Guide us to be content in the seasons of our lives, even when everything seems difficult than what we expected it to be. We need Your Spirit to fill our hearts with contentment every day and protect our souls . In Christ Jesus name Amen.
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