If there’s one thing I want to learn in 2013, it’s how to be content.
I want to learn to be happy and joyful regardless of how I view myself that day or how I believe my friends and family view me. I want to be content regardless of what I have or what I have not. I want to be at ease with myself, with my family and with my community. I want to stop allowing my surroundings to dictate my mood. I want peace in my heart.
I cannot imagine how well life can be experienced if experienced with a contented heart. Changes would become joyful instead of stressful and everyday would be lived as a blessing. The time I now spend in discontent would open up to help others, to love others more deeply and to be turned on to how others can be helped.
I pray that the Lord opens this path for me. That he teaches me the “secret” to being content that Paul talks about in Philippians.
“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
Therefore, my motto for this year is to “Be at ease in 2013” which Brad told me is a near rhyme and that’s good enough for me.