James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every evil practice.
For many years I spent my time and energy coveting what others had achieved.
Instead of trying harder, I spent more energy feeling slighted that others were smarter than me.
Instead of cherishing the relationship I had with my parents, I resented their attempts to provide for me and love me.
Instead of recognizing intimate relationships required constant effort and compromise, I was ungrateful of any attempts made on their part.
Instead of focusing on my ability to be a valued employee, I was convinced that I was not being treated fairly or respected.
Instead of cultivating strong friendships, I walked away at the first unpleasant feeling or truth.
Instead of balancing my finances, I was bitter towards others who had nicer cars, bigger houses, more money, or better jobs.
Over many years, I spent so much time quitting colleges, seeking surrogate parent figures, going through divorce, changing jobs, and walking away from friendships. It didn’t matter what I did to try and satisfy my feelings of loss and inadequacy. No matter where I went, I took myself with me.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Once I turned my life back over to Christ and started living my life “with” Him again, all my desires for MORE were gone. My struggle was no longer searching for happiness through my own experiences or circumstances. I was again thankful for what God has provided for me. A great desire to be content in all areas of my life came over me. Not only in the good times, but as well and more so in the bad times. Relief is found in trusting that God is in control.
Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
Being content glorifies God.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
There are so many things to be thankful for. My family is healthy. We have everything we need. We truly want for nothing.
Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
No Matter Where You Go, You Take Yourself With You! But when we are living “with” Christ we will end up exactly where we are supposed to be. Taking on the new self and putting off the old.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.