Be Content

Don’t worry… be happy.

Yuck.

On the one hand, there is a lot to worry about, on the other hand, we can really get twisted up on ‘happy’. It is easy to mistake lust, selfishness, greed, and excesses in eating, drinking, using drugs… or many other dysfunctions… with being ‘happy’.

OK… so this blog is supposed to be inspiring, well, we’ve got to look at things realistically before we can know how understand and follow the wisdom for living that God has set out for each of us.

I need to improve in these areas of worry and happiness. I worry more than I should and experience happiness less than I should. With a lot of worry and too little happiness the momentum we need to grow spiritually, in faith and love, is hard to come by.

As I plan for an intentional period of change and growth (starting Sept 1st), one of the things I am most mindful of is what I am going to let fill my mind. Paul, who almost always has good advice, doesn’t disappoint (Philippians 4:11-13):

I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

We all know that the world is a tough place to live. ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ is not realistic advice. But to seek contentment in God’s presence and strength in our lives, amidst worries and happiness, may open doors to new growth, healed relationships, mended dreams, and healthier living.