Contentment is one of those difficult to define qualities that’s even more challenging to actually put into practice. Whether you are very aware of your discontent or feel mostly contented right now, all of us have room to grow in this part of our character. How can we live a contented life?
What would it look like for you to stand strong in your life right now? As we near the conclusion of the letter to the Philippians, we find encouragement to stand firm. Together, let’s discover some key actions that will help us maintain stability no matter what life throws at us.
It’s not uncommon to find people who begin to pursue Christ with unbridled enthusiasm only to see them falter when life gets hard. Paul had a deep desire to know Jesus more and more. That’s why he pressed on to win the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
So many factors conspire against our living in a way that pleases God. We can unwittingly embrace a conspiracy of confidence in our lives—trusting our accomplishments to validate our worth. This kind of confidence can move us away from the sufficiency of Jesus and ultimately contribute to a wasted life.
As followers of Jesus, we are able to share with one another the rewards and joys of our faith as well as its demands and sorrows. In doing so, we come to experience the love and comfort of belonging to a community of believers that is as concerned for us as we are for ourselves.
Christian growth is complex but simple. God does His part, we do ours. And part of that process involves how we treat each other. Our attitude toward each other often speaks louder than our words—especially before a watching world. And no matter our circumstances, we have reasons to rejoice!
Have you ever had a moment when you thought, “Now, I’m really living!”? All of us want to experience that good life, but those feelings of “really living” seem to fade over time. This week, we’re remembering that life with Jesus allows us to really live. But, what does life with Jesus look like?
Experiencing hardships is a normal part of life that can cause us to focus on negative feelings and anxiously anticipate negative outcomes. During a difficult time in his life, Paul rejoices and models for us how having a Christ-centered perspective will help us to maintain a positive attitude while having a positive influence on others.
Like the lens of our eyes (or eyeglasses), we all carry around internal thoughts, feelings, and ideas that filter our everyday experiences and help us make sense of life. As the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Philippi, he begins by giving us insight to his core principles that help him understand life through the lens of joy.