Content Vs. Settle
I have not written a blog in a while! It has been a busy couple of months for me. I wanted to get back up here in write again. Writing is one of my passions. I have to write for school constantly, but what I love the most is writing to encourage my ladies!
I pray that this year has been going well for you, and I pray you have begun to see the hand of God at work in your life. I hope that you have been able to watch the Monday Motivational videos each week! They are on Facebook, Youtube, and the homepage of the website.
The topic that God brought to my heart to talk with you about today is being content versus settling. I believe that most of you ladies, hopefully all of you, have dreams and goals that you are working to attain. In the midst of you striving to reach those goals, it is important that you are able to be content. Being content is important it allows you to walk in peace and have rest as you pursue purpose and destiny. Sometimes people will work themselves into a frenzy trying to reach goals. However, you have to remember that God is the one who is going to take you to different stages, platforms, and open doors. We must always put our trust in him. When you choose to look to God on your journey, you will appreciate every mountain and valley, every small and big opportunity, and every challenge and victory.
Contentment is a great tool for your tool belt of life. Contentment will keep you living a life filled with joy rather than distress, disappointment, and discouragement. The devil does not want you to have this tool because contentment will keep your faith strong because external factors will not impact your internal knowing.
"11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
Paul was a mighty man of the Gospel. He endured much for the sake of the cross, but Paul's ministry was great. He traveled, witness, and preached the word of God under the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit. He was unafraid, but Paul's journey was not easy. He was thrown in prison, rejected by peers, shipped wrecked, beaten, and more. It is clear that he experienced some challenges, and in Philippians 4:11-13, he offers some sound wisdom. Paul learned to be content! He learned to have peace in chaos, joy in sorrow, hope in desolation, and strength in pain. When things are bad and when things are good, are you able to be content? Contentment shows where your faith truly is. Where is your faith?
Some people misunderstand contentment and begin to settle. Don't let that be you!
It is important that you do not mistake being content with settling. Settling is giving up. Settling makes you stop production. Settling keeps your focus on past victories and causes you to stop trying to achieve more. Settling shows you have given up on your dreams out of fear and negative thinking. Don't do that! Your purpose is greater!!! There are people waiting on you to achieve and release what God has placed inside of you!
Don't settle for relationships, jobs, expectations of others, and other areas where you have taken what was given as all that you are good enough to have received or achieved. Instead pursue! Go after your dreams! Release yourself from toxic situations and people! Educate yourself! Go back to school! Apply for the job you believe is out of your reach but feel you should give a try.
Don't over work yourself, beat yourself up, or worry yourself- be content.
Then, don't settle by giving up or accepting negative thoughts or people- be content.
Use the tool! Use the Wisdom! Be Content! Never Settle!