Be Content

It’s easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us when we see someone who’s more talented, better looking or has more gifts. Instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes, we feel inferior and think, “I’ve got to catch up to them.” The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it’s a never-ending cycle.

There will always be someone ahead of us. But it’s a very freeing thing when you realize, “I’m not competing with you. I don’t have to have as big a house as my neighbor to feel good about myself. I don’t have to keep up with my co-worker. I don’t have to be a certain size. I don’t have to have as many Christmas lights outside. No, I understand that I’m not in competition with my friend, my neighbor or my co-worker. Instead, I’m going to be the best me that I can possibly be.

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Contentment is an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be and focus on running your own race, that’s when you’ll see things happen. That’s when you’ll rise up higher and position yourself for every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!

"…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…"
(Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)
This was such a good reminder for me. How many times have I felt I'm not as good as the "Jones'". I go overboard and end up feeling empty and exhausted. Oh how the enemy loves for us to feel that way. Me, not anymore. I try to stay focused on what our heavenly Father wants me to do each day. We all have different gifts and talents and over the years I've learned to enjoy those special qualities in myself and others.The phrase "Bloom where you are planted" may be a spring phrase but I think it's meaning fits in all seasons. Be content my friend and lean into God this season. May you find HIS glory and joy all around you. -Linda



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