“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
We live in a culture that is anything but content. March 12, 2020 disrupted much of our lives; not only in America, but in our communities and around the world. Schools were disrupted. Sports were disrupted. Businesses were disrupted. Government was disrupted. Jobs were disrupted. Families were disrupted. Routines were disrupted. Life as we know it became discontented.
However, the Apostle Paul reminds us of the importance of focusing on being content in whatever circumstance and situation we are in. He reminds us that living a contented life is “learned.” So, that begs the question—How can we learn to be content? What are some action steps that can help us move from “discontented” to “content”?
- Have an attitude of Thankfulness: Regardless of your situation, display a heart of gratitude and thankfulness for what God has blessed you with today. Your breathing. Your life. Sun, flowers, God’s creation. Food. Clothing. Shelter. There is so much to be thankful for.
- Share with others in Need: Look for ways to give or share the resources you’ve been blessed with to a charity or to others who are in genuine need of physical, emotional and spiritual help.
- Reject being Critical: Jesus reminds us that He is “The Bread of Life.” If anyone should be a source of encouragement and hope to humanity it ought to be a Christian. The word Christian means “Christ-like.” Be complimentary, not critical.
- Seek after God’s Will: Search God’s Will for your life like hidden treasure. Abide with Him. Spend time with Him. Talk with Him. Fellowship with Him every single day.
- Trust God’s Promises: Above all else, trust in the promises of God. He’s got you. His promises are faithful and true. His word (the Bible) is packed full of His promises. Spend time reading and meditating on His promises for your life.
Living through a pandemic has its challenges. However, like Paul, we too can learn to live life being “content” through whatever circumstances we are in—even in a pandemic.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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