Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Then, Christmas will be here before we know it. I love this time of year. I love being reminded of God’s goodness and the reasons that I have to be thankful. I am thankful for a home and employment. I am thankful for my family and God.
I used to think I would be happy one day. I would be happy if I lost weight. I would be happy when I got married. I would be happy when I had a baby. I would happy with more money. I would be happy with more stuff.
I have realized that I am happy with God in my life.
God gives me peace. Money cannot buy it. It is an amazing eternal feeling of peace and protection. It is the peace that allowed Daniel to survive in the lion’s den unharmed. It is the peace that left Daniel’s friends untouched in the fiery furnace. I am finally starting to grasp how Paul wrote letters of encouragement from prison. He said that whatever state he was in, he had learned to be content. Paul did not focus on the prison walls around him. Instead, he turned his eyes to heaven and focused on the goodness of God. He found strength through Jesus.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
–Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)
Paul learned to be content. He learned to let go of what he saw and have faith in God. I really admire his audacious faith. I am still learning and working on my own faith. When I do let go and trust in God, I am never diasppointed. I still get pleasantly surprised by the utter goodness of God.
I wish that I was thinner. I wish that I had a vacation house. However, I do have the best thing ever. I have God in my heart. With God in my heart, I have peace. I am happy. God’s peace is better than anything that money can buy.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
–1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NKJV)
At the end of my life, I cannot take my house or material things with me. I feel content knowing that I will have eternal peace from God.
I am so thankful for the goodness of God.