“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am.” Philippians 4:11
To say that My Man and I have been through rough times would be an understatement. Being a land surveyor in this economy is not at all profitable. We are making less them half what we were making just five years ago. We have learned to make many financial adjustments and cut backs.
It hasn’t been all bad. My family has enjoyed the homemade breads and cookies and cakes.
Lately, though, the Lord has been speaking to me about contentment . “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” I Timothy 6:6
Pshh…let’s face it. I am far from content these days. It’s been a long five years with no end in sight. The struggle of deciding which bills to pay this week, not having as much money to grocery shop with, and scraping enough together for any extras is getting to me.
Paul said he had, “learned to be content in whatever circumstance”. I have learned that contentment isn’t just being happy with what you have. Shoot, I’ll always want more. “But godliness with contentment is great gain” Are you beginning to see where I’m going?
Yesterday, I spoke about “seeking His kingdom and righteousness first”. Godliness and seeking go hand-in-hand. Godliness is imitating Jesus. What did Jesus do? He served others. His focus was on others. I have not been content because I have been so busy whining about not having more. God gives us what we need and I want more. Basically I’m saying God isn’t enough. Good grief! He sent His Son to die for me and I want more? How selfish can I be?
So, I’m changing my focus. I’m seeking His kingdom and righteousness by seeking how I can serve. I’m learning one day at a time (sweet Jesus. That’s all I’m asking of you) to give thanks for all I have. The bills are caught up and paid, we have food in the pantry (although my kids say we have nothing to eat), and we have clothes to wear. We also have jobs (many don’t these days), cars that run (by the grace of God. Mine is 17 years old), and we are healthy. I’m going to share out of the abundance He has given us by giving more to those who are less fortunate. I can afford a few extra cans of food to give to the food pantry. I am going to start serving again at church. I have really slacked off there since this all started. And I am going to make a conscious effort each day to pray for my loved ones that I know don’t know the Lord.
Father, today help me today to know real joy J-esus, O-thers, Y-ourself. Help me to learn contentment by learning to focus on you and others first.
Keeping My Focus
“But seek for His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6: 33 ( emphasis mine)
On my window sill in my kitchen I have a glass jelly jar filled with rice and a walnut. I know, unusual, but it reminds me to keep my focus on God.
Every now and then I take it off my sill and dump out the rice and walnut onto a paper plate. (Makes clean up easier.) I pour all the rice back into the jar and try to push the walnut back down to the bottom. It never fails that some of the rice spills out and I have to pick it up a piece at a time and put it back in. In other words, I make a mess. Yet, when I put the walnut in first and then slowly add the rice it all fits.
You see, the rice represents the all the “things” in my life. The walnut represents God. When I focus on the “things” of life first I don’t fit God in so He can take care of those ‘things”. But, when I put God first all the things just seem to fit around Him perfectly. He knows the “things” I need , want and desire. He says He will definitely take care of my needs. He will give me the wants and desires if they are a part of His will for me. I have no need to worry if I keep me focus on Him.
So, that’s why I have a jar on my kitchen window sill. I am learning to use the “things” in my house to keep me focused on Him. Through this website I want to share with you the lessons that God is teaching me, how I am growing (or at least how I think I’m growing) and how the “things” in my home can be used to keep me focused on God and sharing Him with others that visit. I hope you will join me on this journey of giving both our hearts and homes to Him for His glory.
Posted June 27, 2011
For Your Heart Read Matthew 6: 25-34
Father, Help me one day at a time to keep my focus on You. Remind me that all things are from You and that You are always here with me.