"Rejoice in Me always! No matter what...rejoice in your love-relationship with Me. This is the secret of being content in all circumstances." Phil.4:4, 12 (266)
There is such a HUGE difference between those who are content and those who are discontent. The bible makes it clear that contentment provides an environment for life that is exceptional and to be highly desired. Those who KNOW Christ can experience contentment "in all circumstances." That is quite a feat! So, what is the secret to that kind of contentment?
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: REJOICE!" (Phil. 4:4) Rejoice literally means to "re-joy," choosing joy over and over again. Choosing to celebrate something in every situation takes a little creativity and a lot of focus. Of course, it depends on...what we focus on!
Joe and I try to intentionally focus on reasons to rejoice in the midst of all circumstances. Yesterday we were delayed significantly in our travels and could have easily been quite annoyed but decided to thank the Lord, no-matter-what! Within the hour we came up on a multi-vehicle accident scene with lots of people in the ditches and on the road. As we slowly drove past we prayed for those involved then realized we needed to praise God for wisely pacing our travels.
There's reasons to "rejoice" no-matter-what because we have a love-relationship with a loving God who really knows what's best, no-matter-what!
No-matter-what I'm choosing to be Content...dmc