In All Things…Content

I like to travel. Most people who have big personalities and are in constant need of attention do. We like to go to cool places, take ridiculously awesome photos and then post them so when guys sitting in their cubicles hop on Facebook they think, “man, he’s living the dream.” Just like the photo in the cover slide… Isn’t that epic?

But to be honest, I don’t travel for those reasons. The pics and the posting are just a bi-product. I travel because I value experiences. I am wildly thankful for the opportunities to get out of our cultural norm and experience something new.

The other day I was at church and a friend of mine joined our conversation. We were talking about lots of things and he was commenting on some of my recent adventures. In mid sentence his wife brought over their beautiful 6 month old baby and said, “here, I need you to hold her for a minute.” He said, “no problem honey.” Then he stood there trying to regain his thought process while holding the most amazing creation of all. Then he remembered his train of thought and continued to tell me how lucky I am to be free, to see the world, to start a new ministry and to do what I want.

It was almost like I wasn’t even hearing what he was saying because I was thinking, “man this guys has it all, a great career and a gorgeous family. Therein lies the point of my blog today. Here we have two men who are in exact opposite situations and they both want what they don’t have. One wants freedom, excitement and adventure. The other wants true love, a family and stability. Isn’t life funny..

Take a look at the following verses, they have changed my life:

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  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.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:11-13

This is a very simple blog but if you grab ahold of the truth here, it will change your life. YOU WILL NEVER BE CONTENT if you look to all the things the world offers to fulfill you. If I rely on my adventures and freedom to fulfill me, I will run dry and be no good to anyone. If my friends rely on their successful careers, beautiful wives and gorgeous children to fulfill them they will shrivel up and fail as leaders, it’s a fact. We have to RELY on Christ.

Psalm 23 Says that God anoints our heads with oil and our cup RUNS over with Him! He is the eternal God who fills us to overflow. Nothing in this world will ever satisfy. Everything that is good, perfect and a gift comes from Him.

Contentment is found in knowing God and being thankful for all He has done for you. Contentment comes alive when we become happy and thankful for what we have in the here and now! Otherwise, you’re going to be chasing the same carrot for the rest of your life, get to the end of it, and say to yourself: What do I have to show for it all? I chased, worked, achieved, sacrificed, toiled and labored all for a destination that doesn’t exist.

I had a friend of mine say to me once, “God wants you to enjoy your life.” Simple statement but think about it, are you really enjoying your life?

I will tell you here and now that your enjoyment in life will not come from your possessions, experiences or relationships. Those are all great blessings but they flow out of a heart that is content.

God, I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. Thank you for setting me free. Thank you for Your son, Jesus. Thank you for the amazing relationship I have with You. Thank you that I am an entirely new creation in Christ. Thank you for my home, my bed, food to eat, clothes to wear, and love to give. Thank you for all the plans and purposes you have for me. Thank you for giving me a relationship with You. Bless those around me. Thank you for using me to help others know Your love. Most of all Lord, thank you, for You. Thank you for being my God, Amen.

The best is yet to come for your life,