Finding true contentment lies in your perspective, priorities, your source of power

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

[Finding true contentment lies in your perspective, priorities, your source of power.]

Paul could get along happily because he could see life from God’s point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. Paul had detached himself from the nonessentials so that he could concentrate on the eternal. Often the desire for more or better possessions is really a longing to fill an empty place in a person’s life. To what are you drawn when you feel empty inside? How can you find true contentment? The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities, and your source of power. (NLT)

Philippians 4:10-13 – How grateful I am, and how I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but for a while you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

Quoted verse: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 11:24 (NRSV)

“Story” – Scott Martin (New Jersey, USA) titled his story “THE GOOD OLD DAYS;” here is a portion of Scott’s story:

“As my wife and I anticipate the upcoming wedding of our only child, we have begun to reminisce about ‘the good old days’ when our daughter was a toddler, and about the fun we had as we took her to the seashore, the park, or the woods to go camping. I began comparing my present life, with all of its various hardships, to this idealized past. My mind began to drift into the future, imagining how enjoyable it will be when we hopefully can repeat these activities with future grandchildren.

“But then I stopped myself and thought, What do I have to appreciate here in the present? I began to list my many blessings.   In spite of my current hardships, I realized how many gifts God has given me in the present. It hit me that someday we may be looking back on our lives today – right here and now – and calling these ‘the good old days.’ This sheds new light on the concept of living in the moment and of not dwelling on past memories or on things yet to come.

“. . . Paul wrote that he had learned to be content, whatever his circumstances. Perhaps we too can be content by living in and appreciating each and every day, whatever our circumstances, and being thankful to God for the gift of each day.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What gifts from God can I more fully appreciate today?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for each day you give us and for your overflowing blessings. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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