For years, I worked to gain admiration from my family and peers. I did what I was expected to do. I performed well in school and I ruthlessly climbed the career ladder, only to find out, in the end, none of that really matters. None of that will bring true happiness or contentment. True happiness come from seeking God and finding contentment in your life and whatever God brings your way.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NIV)
I think things would have been much more simpler if I had learned this tidbit of wisdom earlier in life. However, I have learned through all my trials in life to acknowledge the fact that God has a purpose and a plan for everything.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
I've learned, over the years, as much as I would like to avoid heartache and heart break, trials and tribulations, God never leaves my side and He will guide me, provide for me and comfort me. Above all, God is my refuge and my strength.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
With each hurdle, I've learned to bow my head in prayer and trust in my heart that God will see me through.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 (NIV)
I am not perfect, nor will I ever be perfect. For only He alone is perfect, blameless and without sin. However, I have learned with each trial to draw closer and closer to Him. Getting closer to God, that's what matters most. That's where true contentment is found, wrapped in the loving arms of my Lord and Savior. As 2011 approaches, I know I still have miles to go on my long and narrow journey, but I also know, with each day, I'm getting closer.
Lara Landon – Closer