Welcome to my crazy lil RV-World!! I’m so blessed that you stopped in … trust me when I tell you it’s gonna be a good day !!!
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
“I’m not happy with my job. I’m not happy with my body. I’m not happy with my life.”
It seems that at some point in our lives, we each struggle with unhappiness, a spirit of discontentment, with wanting more. I found myself sitting in my recliner getting ready to pen thoughts that had been in my head for days … and in that moment I decided it was time to set the record straight with God and to make sure He hadn’t forgotten previous conversations.
What I wanted was to be happily traveling the USA in my rv and I felt like as time ticked away our 5 year plan was fast approaching and still no RV and no travel plans . ( this may sound selfish but this is my story and this is how I truly felt)
If God would just give me the desires of my heart, I knew I could be happy…. I would love my job more … I would be a happier mom … I would laugh always !!!! I even promised God I would NOT ask for another thing . (Oh my insert a laugh) That’s when this thought came to me from something I had read years earlier, “Be happy now. If you don’t learn to be happy while you’re waiting for what you want, you’ll never be happy when you get what you want.”
To be clear, happiness cannot be the sole aim of our existence. Living out my purpose by serving and loving others as Christ does should be my ultimate goal. Because, when I stop focusing so much on what I want, and focus my gaze on what God wants to do in and through me, contentment follows…. I’ve had to truly learn to get my thoughts in line with His thoughts .
The truth is : happiness is an external indication of internal contentment.
This realization hit me like walking into a brick wall!! The list of things I felt I needed to check off my list for me to be happy was truly wearing me out !! The simple fact that I could choose happiness was refreshing. Like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day.
The first step was to embrace life exactly as it was; to be content. I counted my blessings more, I started to look at each new day as a grand adventure, I allowed myself to truly enjoy the journey that was right in front of me. Most importantly, I decided to wholeheartedly trust God.
I love this break down that Pastor John unfolded and after reading a few notes from a fellow blogger I feel like they both have hit the nail on the head : “When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, the word he used for “content” actually means to be contented with one’s lot in life. We can spend so much energy pushing against our reality when life doesn’t turn out the way we planned it. But resisting what is, and trying to control what is beyond our control, can cause anxiety. Frustration takes over. Anger prevails.” Truly leaving us overwhelmed and miserable.
Instead of making the most of our circumstances, it’s easy to lament the fact that things are not where we believe they should be.
What if we stopped pushing against what is and learned to embrace our present circumstances?
Trust me when I say that when the shift is made, it feels like a heavy burden is released from our shoulders. I also know that it can feel kind of scary at first. But truly accepting where we are helps us relax and see the good God has in our present circumstances. We become content in trusting that all things indeed will work together for our good. His plan for us is for a hope and a future .
When I embraced what is, I discovered happiness greater than any I’d experienced before. I stopped making happiness a destination and began making it my way of journeying through life.
You see my story doesn’t end there …
July 2014 we walked into our beautiful Boaz (2004 Winnebago Adventurer) and it felt like coming home. Everyone around me said that it would never work and that I needed to pick something off the backlot … I’m a daughter of the King !! Three days later the bank called to tell us to go pick him up! Oh, and we did! Our 5 year plan was up on December 10, 2015 BUT we drove Boaz home July 12, 2014…. now I don’t know about you BUT that’s how MY God works.
Finding my contentment and choosing to walk in the joy of the Lord was were I found a refreshing new perspective and the strength that it took to face all the naysayers… trust me there were many, (19 to be exact ).
So today on this beautiful, “Wear it Wednesday” I once again choose to wear happiness!! Be blessed, be bold, and be you !!!
Lord, help me embrace what is and live each day with thankfulness for the life I’ve been given. Give me the grace to be happy while I wait for what I want, rather than insist that I cannot be happy until I attain it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.