What if you chose one word to guide you this year instead of the traditional New Year’s resolution? What would your one word be?
I know this year I must choose to be content in all things.
There has been little in my life that has made as much an impact as learning to be content in all things. Whether I have little or much, feel good or bad, whether it’s a work day or a play day, the secret to contentment and being fulfilled is believing that God and what He has provided for me in this very moment is all I need.
“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11)
Feeling uneasy or troubled seems to plague many of us in our world today. Life is full of challenges; each day we are faced with the challenge of balancing work, family, and personal time. But worry and anxiety cause discontent in our lives, and they are the opposite of faith and steal our peace and happiness. If we are unhappy or dissatisfied in our current state of life, we miss seeing the good things that God is providing for us, and I have learned over and over that contentment and joy can only be found when I allow the power of God to control my life instead of trying to change my circumstances or control my own life.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
To cure my anxious state and achieve contentment in all things has everything to do with my attitude and my faith. Faith is stronger than doubt, negativism, and fretfulness. And there are techniques that will help me in my resolve to live a fulfilled and content life.
ü Learn to give thanks in all things
ü Always rest in God’s purpose for my life
ü Keep life simple
ü Practice cheerfulness in every situation
ü Don’t take myself or others so seriously
ü Learn to live above life’s circumstances
ü Have a sense of humor
ü Learn to be satisfied with little
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
I have nothing to gain by giving into anxiety, and nothing to lose by giving in to being content! To live a contented Christian life I must allow the power of Christ to reinforce and build up my life. I need to change my perspective and gain a new appreciation for what God is doing in my life. God is more than happy to teach me how to be content in all circumstances!
What’s your One Word?
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