Our outward character and courage comes from an inward peace.
Today’s blog is to encourage you to make the best of your September. You still have an opportunity to make your 2014 a productive and profitable year. So let’s discuss how you can enjoy a Serene September.
We all are aware of the miraculous power of God and how He freely gives to those who trust in Him. Matter of fact, God blesses in a mighty way whether you trust Him or not. Your ability to read this blog is a testament of His blessings working mightily in your life. Why? One, you have been blessed with life. Two, you have been blessed with sight. Three, you have been blessed with a mind to comprehend what you are reading. And I could go on and on about the blessings just from you being able to read this blog because God is so GOOD!
Are you content with God’s plan for your life?
Before you answer that question, take a few minutes to think about how you would answer that question because being content can be a challenge. Contentment is being satisfied, at ease, happy, or in peaceful state.
I don’t ever question whether I should be content. I know it is in my best interest to be content because of the affect it will have on my life. However, that can pose a challenge because of all the distractions that attempt to hijack my life. I need contentment with my “SPW” life. My “SPW” life has to do with the three most significant areas of my life - Spiritual, Personal, and Work life. Now I must say, I’m not perfect and I will always be a work in progress. But the beginning of being content is recognizing God uniquely created each of us for our daily challenges.
It’s easy to say we are content, but our lives must speak the same confidence through our actions. Sometimes we are tricked into thinking that “the grass is greener on the other side,” but this reality couldn’t be further from the truth. I have learned this the hard way. God planned one thing for my life, but I decided to act on my own desires. This usually leads to discontentment. Discontentment is being dissatisfied, displeased, or unhappy with something. I believe many people in our world are suffering from discontentment. Just turn on the news or watch the people near and close to you; daily, people are just dragging unhappily through life because of a lack of contentment.
The great news is, there is a cure. Accept who you are, where you are, where God wants you to be, and watch the serenity of God flow through all the areas of your life. We must believe God has given us all the necessary gifts and abilities to make our lives meaningful and successful. It’s our job to make those gifts and abilities work for us.
First, we have to recognize our gifts and abilities. After we have recognized them, then you must ask yourself if you are content with your gifts and abilities God has blessed you with? It is only then that we will be able to find an inner peace that supersedes the demands and expectations of this world.
Let contentment flow through your “SPW” life.
Make Solitude Your Friend
In the last half-century, we have heard great songs such as All By Myself (Eric Carmen, Celine Dion), Scared of Lonely (Beyonce’), and Need You Now (Lady Antebellum). I love these songs and the artists; I even have these songs on my iPod. However, sometimes the thing we need most is SOLITUDE. Solitude is the state of being alone or secluded.
Many people are desperately in search of some form of inner peace in the midst of their confusion or some form of organization to their chaos. Although we all have these sincere desires for a serene life, many are unwilling to carve out time to be alone. My wife discussed this in the Seeking Simple Solitude (click link) blog. I love the way she described solitude and referenced a very fitting article.
If you want serenity, you have to make solitude your friend. Yes, you must make solitude your friend. Why a friend? First, we usually want to be around our friends. Second, because our friends aren’t afraid to share the God honest truth with us. Just as a good friend, solitude will teach you the God honest truth about you and your life.
Wait no longer to live a more serene life!
How do you plan to make your “SPW” life more serene? (Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.)Bryant MTN Universal Be the wEiRd this world needs!
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