Can you honestly say you are “content” both, inside and out?
What is “Contentment”?
Where do we find contentment?
Should fleeting environmental circumstances affect our contentment?
Should we rely on personal pleasures or perishable possessions to fuel our contentment?
Apostle Paul seems to share the answers to these questions in Chapter 4 of his letter to the congregation at Philippi.
The secret to un-wavering contentment can be found in Paul’s statement:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
The key word in this scripture is: ALWAYS. Here the word always is used to mean “completely and infinitely rely upon” the LORD (Jesus).
Just as we all made the decision to have faith in and believe upon our Lord (Jesus), we must also remember to rejoice (or find our Joy) in Him at all times. No matter the environmental or emotional circumstances that happen often and inconveniently in this earthly life.
Rejoicing (to have joy or be joyful) is not a right nor a privilege; it is a choice. I think my personal relationship with Christ is what allows me to be joyful in all circumstances; pain, and suffering included.
How often do you contemplate your purpose in the life you have been given? Do you know what your purpose is? Are your priorities positioned in a way that allow you to fulfill your purpose? Often times I feel like a rudderless ship tossed about on a sea of choices. It is the variety of these choices which cause my purpose to be swayed by my selfish pleasure seeking desires. Do I condemn myself for focusing my purpose inward through fleeting accomplishments, accolades, and worldly goal attainment? No. I give myself permission to be human. However, being human does not excuse me from reevaluating my purpose as life tosses me to and fro. But, how do I reevaluate my purpose? As a Christian what measuring device do I use to find the purpose that truly fulfills my soul? Many times in my life I made the mistake of thinking the “Free Will” I was given was so I could discover “MY” purpose, but it wasn’t. The free will I was given was given for use in service; service to God and other mini-me’s who bear His Image. Service to God and others is a rudder to my torrent soul; it leads me always back to my “Father.” On an Enlistment Poster Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) It is God’s will that provides me with my purpose, and His will, will, be done on earth as it is in heaven!
(The comments below were spoken by Matt Chandler and Kyle Worley from “The Village Church” in Texas).
The problem with an unhealthy involvement in politics stems from expecting too much from politics, Worley contends.
“If our hope is in Christ and the kingdom of God then we’ll be able to expect from modern politics what it can deliver and not expect more than what it can deliver,” Worley says.
Ultimately, if we’re putting too much hope in the next president rather than Christ and his kingdom, we’re going to be disappointed and disolusioned, the church leaders agree; politics will never be able to deliver the hope that God can.
Chandler adds to this argument, suggesting that Christians can use their “faithful presence” to shape their culture and therefore shape politics.
It’s also important for Christians to remember that ultimately, God is in control of the political process. “The Lord’s at work in this political process,” Chandler says. “He’s not panicked or nervous – He already knows who our next president is.”
Most often we associate this word with the Catholic community or with certain denominational affiliations. Under the Law, associations and affiliations were the cornerstone for the Levitical priesthood. However, today, with thanks given to our Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel he has charged us with, we are all priests. Peter even said so in (1 Peter 2:5). Old Testament priests and New Testament priests are quite different. The Old Testament priests talked about the Messiah to come, whereas the New Testament priests, that’s US, talks about the Messiah who has come. You don’t have to wear clerical collars or an ornamental robe to be a New Testament priest. And, God knows you don’t have to be perfect. All you have to do is believe, receive, and share the SON with others. Unknown to themselves, many Christian men and women have went to their graves as fully qualified priests. Know this in your hearts: Man, denominational or not, has no authority to qualify YOU as a priest; only God through his Son Jesus Christ can do that! If you fully believe and receive that you have been saved by Jesus, and that He lived and died, and He was resurrected by the Father then you are a priest of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. Christ chose you, and He qualified you!! Let NO one tell you otherwise.
Often when I talk to people about mentoring, Christian or non-Christian. I get the same response: “I’m ok I don’t need anyone like that in my life? I have it all together!” I don’t say this to their face but I can’t help but thinking: “Go ahead, keep on believing that lie.” I don’t mean for my thought to be malicious. I mean it to be a sign of how much I care. Fact is – we grow the most from our relationships.
I think about what my mentors have done for me. Yes, I have mentors. I have a mentor near my age, a mentor in his eighties, and mentors younger than I am. Why? Because having mentors of all ages help eradicate my preconceptions, presuppositons, prejudices and unecessary judgments.
My mentors have:
1. Assisted me with the dynamic of shaping my character.
2. Helped me see life from different perspectives.
3. Urged me to read often and seek a life of education.
4. Taught me how to survive in a combat environment.
5. Helped me stay in tune with today’s technology (Young mentors)
6. Helped me through relationship issues, and other Major life issues. The list goes on and on.
Once the timeless principle of mentorship/discipleship is accepted by an individual here is the question I get: “How do you find a mentor?” Easy, you ask someone if they would be willing to mentor you. I have never been turned down. I bet you won’t be either.
What a Mentor is Not:
1. A mentor is not a fixer.
2. A mentor is not a crutch.
3. A mentor is not an enabler of negativity.
4. A mentor is not a Psychologist/Psychiatrist/Social Worker.
What a mentor is:
1. A mentor is an encourager.
2. A mentor is a good listener.
3. A mentor is selfless.
4. A mentor is a servant.
5. A mentor is secure in how they are.