Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:25-26
All I Need…I Already Have
In this season of giving and receiving, of decorating and displaying, of gatherings and more…we can see so many wonderful things and places…we can wish for more or even slightly want what others have. This can affect our peace of mind. It can rob us of contentment.
What I have found is that from time to time I have to remind myself – ‘all I need, I already have‘.
The Thing That Cannot Be Taken Away
As time goes by and we get older we realize certain things are bound to change. Our abilities lessen, such as our ability to heal, to remember to accomplish even. We all have certain limitations…we may live in an area where we can’t do or have things we may admire in another. In all of this, there’s one certain thing that can never be taken away: the love of God.
Circumstances and situations can and most likely will change – we can’t place our contentment in where we live, where we may work, what we have or even who we live with, are friends with or who we love. Our situations can change drastically and quickly. But, with each situation, there’s one constant – God’s love.
God Never Promised Us a Life Without Pain or of Ease
At one point or another, we’ll all experience some pain or loss. It’s inevitable. But, if our contentment doesn’t rest on things that can change or that we can lose, we can weather these times. That doesn’t mean that we won’t feel the loss or experience pain. We’ll just look at it from a different perspective.
I have experienced loss over the years. I know to some extent how it feels. I remember, though, when my father died how my Mother expressed that for her it was quite different. Then my sister’s husband passed away and I realized how deeply and quickly things can change.
” I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13
Only True Peace and Contentment Can Come from God
We cannot rely upon situations and people as the source of our contentment. Only true peace and contentment can come from God. To draw from this deep well of peace, we need to spend time with God through His word and through Prayer. We need to feed our hearts, minds and souls so that when the time comes and we need to draw from that well of peace and contentment – we will have the strength from knowledge we will need.
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into thisworld, and it is certain[a] we can carry nothing out.” I Timothy 6:6-7
Peace and contentment is something we all can achieve – no matter our outer circumstances. Having a relationship with God, understanding His boundless love toward us can bring joy to our hearts no matter the circumstances. We can walk through and weather life. We can have joy for another who may seemingly have more…we can find happiness in where we are in life and with what we have. Because we realize the true blessings of life can’t be bought, can’t be given by another – the greatest gift of all was given over 2,000 years ago – the greatest expression of love when Christ took our place on the cross and paid for the debt of our sins.
Peace and contentment can be achieved when we realize we’ll never really be alone; we have and will never lose the love of God. Life will change around us – life can get difficult. Contentment can be had no matter what – through realizing the amazing love of God towards us.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4