Phillipians 4:11- ..".I have learned the secret of being content whatever the circumstances."
Is the desire to get your way, actually getting in your way?
Woke up a little early this morning. It is payday, I am out of gas in the car. Broke financially, bills to pay, nothing in the house to eat, and excited to rush to the store for morning coffee. In addition to the 'go juice', I was going to get a breakfast burrito or a sausage biscuit for the morning splurge.
The car ran out of gas waiting in line, (because over half the pumps were out of order). Another man helped me push the car to the pump. The coffee spilled all over the passenger seat on the way back home.
Apparently life had other plans. The paycheck was not what I expected, the coffee at the store was not made yet, the oven was broke so there were no breakfast sandwiches.
I will stop here.
Often we're so obsessed with getting our way, that we miss out on the good things that life has to offer. We whine and complain about insignificant details, and life just passes by without us. We might win the battle of the moment, but in the long run we lose.
Happiness is not defined by always getting your way. Sure, you have things you want to accomplish, things you want to have, things you want to be. But remember, fulfillment does not always come where we expect to find it. The things we desire will come, though not necessarily in the ways we anticipate.
We must recognize the blessings that God has offered us. We must accept the future of promise that God has promised us, through the death of His Son Jesus Christ. We must take notice of the fact that I did not 'starve to death'. Albeit not a great breakfast, the hot-dog was pretty tasty. I did not spill all the coffee, and did remember to grab some coffee creamer. I did find a kind heart with the man that helped me push my car to the gas pump. God allowed me to wake up this morning - as opposed to the alternative. Praise the Lord in all things!
Oh, and the coffee was finished while I waited.
Don't be so obsessed with getting your way, that you lose the opportunity to have what you really want.
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: 'The LORD's right hand has done mighty things! The LORD's right hand is lifted high; the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!' I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done. The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. Psalm 118:14-21 TNIV