When you have less, you appreciate all the little things more. It seems like the more you have, you don’t appreciate the little things as much. We just have to learn to be content in all our circumstances. When it felt like I had almost nothing, I relied on God, and I had everything. When I felt like I had everything, but I wasn’t close to God, I felt like I had nothing.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
–Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
Our relationship with God is the most important thing in our lives. When we have plenty, don’t forget why we have it. When we can do more, don’t forget why we have new opportunities. We must try to stay steadfast on our walk with God. Don’t let the wicked lead us away. Instead, we must try each day to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
–2 Peter 3:17-18 (NKJV)
The world may not like the way we look. When we make changes and look differently, in the way that the world approves of us, we can’t place our value on their approval. If they suddenly accept us, we shouldn’t change. Our value is in Jesus Christ. Our pride should be in God, not this world.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
–1 John 2:16 (NKJV)
Sometimes, the world loves us. Sometimes, the world hates us. It matters what God thinks of us. No matter, what we have or don’t have, we should thank God. Stay steadfast on your walk with God, don’t let the world’s approval or disapproval change you. Our true worth is in Jesus Christ.
Sing Your Praises
In Christ Alone by Lauren Daigle