Posts Tagged ‘contentment’

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I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” (Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ NLT)

Canadian-born Guy Laliberté began his circus career on the streets: playing accordion, walking on stilts and eating fire. He gambled by bringing a successful troupe from Quebec to the Los Angeles Arts Festival in 1987, with no return fare. The bet paid off, and the circus group was brought to Las Vegas, where they became the world famous Cirque du Soleil we know today, making Guy a very rich guy.

I love rags-to-riches stories, but most of us never get to have one. The secret Paul speaks of is simply being content with any circumstance, knowing that if God is in charge of your life, then He will always provide for you. In His plan, both rags and riches are His avenue to use you to impact lives. If you’ve been faithful, then God will make sure you are well provided for.

Life is not about money or status. There are definitely worse things in life than being broke! Learn the secret to having a good life by finding your peace and contentment in God’s great care! You are loved today!

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God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things…so that no one may boast before Him.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭28-29‬ NIV)

One of the greatest pictures in my mind of this scripture occurred in the week of August 31-September 5 of 1997. In that brief week, Princess Diana of Wales and the matronly saint, Mother Teresa, died; one trying to outrun the paparazzi with her alleged lover, the other surrounded on her deathbed by those she impacted for God. One was immortalized for her beauty and spunk, the other for her compassionate care.

The majority of the world focused on the princess instead of the pauper. But I believe Heaven did the opposite. Mother Teresa reached out in compassion to help the poor, needy and dying in India, giving up her life and ambitions to help others. To the world, this is foolishness, yet her life displays a greater peace, satisfaction and accomplishment than that of the princess.

Are you jealous of what others have? The greater the calling sometimes translates into having lesser things to distract our life with. Don’t envy others, instead thank God for how He desires to use you where others could never go. Sometimes the smallest pebble creates the greatest waves! You are loved! Have a wonderful weekend! (8/1/14)

Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.” (Mark 6:3 NLT)

Vice President Henry A. Wallace. Hall of Fame Basketball player Charles Barkley. Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. What do these three high-achieving people have in common? All three are from small towns: Orient, IA, Leeds, AL, and Cresco, IA, respectively. Big names from little places.

In truth, many successful people come from humble roots. What grips us though, just as it did with Jesus’ neighbors, is that our pride and jealousy keep us from believing in others because our own low esteem won’t allow us to see ourselves in a good light. If we love our neighbors as we do ourselves, then we’ll hate them too, just as we do ourselves.

Be a person that believes for the best in others! Many around you, including You, can do so much better in life if someone will just believe in them and be given the chance. Open doors for others and you’ll find your own pathways enlarging! Bloom mightily in your small places! You are loved today!

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Are you seeking great things for yourself?” (Jeremiah 45:5 NLT)

Imelda Marcos, widow of the former dictatorial president of the Philippines, is known for many reasons, but none more than her hunger for money and shoes. Today, since returning from exile years ago, she serves as a politician in the Philippines, is the 3rd richest Filipino at $5 billion in net worth, and has a museum that houses her 3,000+ pairs of shoes. In a poverty-ridden nation, she lives in continued excess and extravagance.

In the Christ Life, we must gauge whether we are still desiring more stuff, or are we desiring to be a better person. Some do try to live for God simply to get things from Him, but that account will soon dry up. As much as God loves to bless us and meet our needs, He is more concerned about long-term spiritual health than our immediate desires. A telling sign would be our prayer time: do we spend it just being in His presence or always asking for things?

Learn the value of desiring God’s presence more than His presents! By hungering for the right things the right way, you can ensure that you’ll have both! Stuff will never satisfy, always being replaced with more, but the richness of a true spiritual life is limitless! You are loved today!

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Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” (Proverbs 11:4 NIV)

Angela Spaccia, the assistant city manager of Bell, CA, helped stuff hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pockets of the city’s top officials, including herself. Spaccia in one year alone took in $564,000. “Everyone’s greedy,” her defense attorney argued, “There’s no crime in taking too much money.” Jurors disagreed, finding Spaccia guilty on multiple counts of criminal behavior, including one misappropriation to the tune of $15.5 million!

Money is nice to have, but not worth ruining your life for. People destroy themselves chasing after things that matter less than what is really important, like family, peace, and contentment. Yet greed will take you a step further into the dark side by causing you to have a lesser regard for integrity, truth, and the things that please the heart of God.

Take time to review your priorities, what’s important to you. Money can’t buy everything, especially the important stuff, but it can destroy it. Work hard, plan your life right, then be content with what God blesses you with! After all, you can’t take it with you! You are loved today!

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