Be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have. Hebrews 13:5
It’s Monday, the beginning of a brand new, wonderful week. How many of you woke this morning with a smile on your face? Or did you crawl out of bed with the grumpies? Those “I hate my life feelings.” I hate going to work. I don’t feel like doing the laundry. I wish these kids were grown and out of the house. My spouse is driving me crazy and it will only take a short putt to put me over the edge. Those grumpies determine not only the course of your morning, but also of your day, even your week. What is a person to do?
First of all, you get to decide! Paul says in Philippians 4, “I have learned how to be content regardless of my circumstances.” And what did Paul learn? He said we are to “fix our minds” on the whatever is just, pure, lovely, anything worthy of praise, etc. In other words, change your focus. Think on what is right with your life. You might not like your job, but at least you have one. Be content there until you have learned whatever lessons God wants you to learn, and He will promote you. He will change your circumstances. Your kids might be driving you nuts, but they are healthy and rambunctious, praise God. There are many couples who are praying intently for the blessings you are currently cursing. Your husband may not be perfect, doesn’t look like a GQ model, or leaves his socks on the bathroom floor, but he is a hard worker and trying his best. Encourage him to rise higher. Don’t damage his efforts with constant criticism. Lift him up. Praise his efforts.
Friends, if you woke with the grumpies, tell them to take a hike. Life may not be perfect, but tell yourself, “I am satisfied, even blessed with this new day, and I will be happy.” Don’t allow fickle feeling to rule. Make a decision to be happy. Live with joy, passion, & enthusiasm,