“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Here we go. Two thousand eighteen!
With a few days under our belts already, you can still sense the excitement and anticipation for what will unfold in the coming months.
After all, with the New Year comes fresh hope and a much welcomed chance to start all over.
Everything and everyone around us pumps up our hearts with positivity, so much so that we’re just oozing with confidence that this year will finally be OUR year:
Our year to meet and marry our prince charming.
Our year to start a family.
Our year to see our business boom.
Our year when all our dreams become our picture perfect reality.
Have you ever seen the Snickers commercials? You know the ones from the “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” campaign? Well, that’s exactly how I am when life gets stressful and I am feeling completely overwhelmed.
When things in my world get too chaotic, I’m no where near to being a sweetly saved, compassionate, and caring person.
Family, friends, co-workers, even strangers – they all get my I just want to be left alone, passive aggressive cold shoulder.
That is until the Holy Spirit pulls me back from morphing into someone I am not proud of.
“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
I can never polish my nails as nicely as they do at the nail salon.
Maybe it’s because of the awkward angles I have to paint from. Maybe it’s because this is what they do every single day. Or maybe it’s because I’m just too heavy handed when it comes to the applications.
Either way there’s always a big difference when I DIY my nails versus going to get them professionally done.
Don’t get me wrong, from a distance, you can’t really tell the difference.
When I do my own nails, they’re decent enough to get compliments from others. But when I take a close up look, I can always spot the imperfections.
The closer I examine my paint job, the more over the lines, smudging, and uneven polish I see.
But isn’t that like our walk with Christ?
“Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.” Philippians 4:11-12 (AMP)
Content. That’s been the word on my heart and my lips for the past week.
You see, scrolling through my social media timeline made me more and more dissatisfied with the progression of my life. But almost immediately the Holy Spirit reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11-12:
“…I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.
I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.”
Perhaps you’ve been feeling disturbed or uneasy about your circumstances lately.