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October 31, 2017

 

It seems to be part of our nature to always be looking forward, longing for the day when…we graduate, we move out on our own, we have a good job, we get married, we have children, we get that new car or new house, the children grow up, we can retire.

 

I find myself looking forward to the day when the stone house renovations are complete and our Choose Life program is operating on 160 wide open beautiful acres

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Always looking forward and always being a little dissatisfied with where we are robs us of the beauty of our current situation. In Philippians 4:11 & 12, Paul says, “Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” NASB

 

Being content is not something that comes naturally, Paul says he has learned to be content.

 

So how do we learn to be content? 

 

STOP COMPARING

 

Sometimes we get caught up in other people’s lives and what they have (or don’t have). “I wish I had a nice furniture like so and so; I wish I could go on vacation like so and so; I’m glad I don’t have to drive a junk car like so and so; I wish my kids were good like so and so’s…”

 

 

Comparing ourselves with others is unhealthy because one of two things will happen, either you will think you are better than they are or worse than they are and both of those are harmful.

 

Your situation is unique, and if you trust God’s plan for your life then, you are exactly where you need to be at this point in time.

 

 

STOP AND THINK CREATIVELY

 

Maybe you are not able to go on the type of vacation you would like, but you probably can pack up a picnic basket, take a blanket and a soccer ball and go out to a local park with your family. Having less causes you to be more creative and resourceful with what you do have. If your furniture is not quite what you would like, how can you refurbish it? Perhaps a coat of paint or a piece of fabric will give something old a new look.

 

 

STOP HURRYING

 

Our culture seems to be in such a hurry to get to the next thing that we fail to stop and be thankful for where we are. Have you noticed that small children seldom seem to be in a rush. “Mommy, look at that flower. What kind of bird is that? Come see this cool spider web!”

 

If we take the time to appreciate the ordinary everyday things in life, we will tend to be more content. It’s important to point out that we do need to set goals and be working toward them. Just remember that God’s ways and timing are not always the same as ours, therefore we need to be content where we are on the way to where we’re going.

 

And, thanks to all of our faithful supporters, we have the funds to complete the stone house! But in the meantime, we are thrilled to have our program operating, and content to see God transforming lives in our current location.

 

Be Blessed and be Content!

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