Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Written by: Michael Burgard
Saying no to yourself can be one of the hardest things to do. We have grown up in a society that has taught us that we are owed everything we want. We have trained our minds to think we absolutely need everything we can see or imagine. We also think we must have it right now. Yesterday, I saw someone post a motivational quote on social media that said, “To achieve something you don’t have, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” It is easy to quickly agree with this quote at first glance. If we look at this quote in relation to our faith, the better statement might be that sometimes to achieve something we don’t have, we must be willing to stay faithful to what God has already given us.
We must stay faithful in the small things. As I have grown in my faith, I have discovered materialistic objects are less important. When we can choose to say no to ourselves and our desires, we are able to lean on God and express thankfulness for what He has already given us.
Thought of the day: When you struggle with fulfilling your desires and contentment, try asking God to give you strength and change your heart.
“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 4:12-13
Prayer: God, thank You for how You provide for me daily. Help me to trust You with my life, wants, desires, and needs. Give me the wisdom and strength to be content with the blessings You have given me. In Jesus’ name, amen.