To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. Proverbs 1:2-6

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Contentment and Complaining

If there is one thing God has been drilling into my head these past few years it is contentment. Philippians 2:14 and 4:12-13 are constantly being brought to my mind. Along with questions like, "how do I not complain when the upstairs neighbor's dog's poop falls on our patio?" Or, "how am I supposed to be content with all 4 of us living in my one bedroom apartment, and I'm doing all our laundry by hand, when I hear others around me complain about all the laundry their washing machine has to do after they return home from taking a cruise?"

These helped me through this.

1) I deserve hell. I deserve much worse than whatever trails I am going through.

2) These trails are actually for my benefit. God loves me enough to put things in my life that make me turn to HIM.

3) I am constantly reminded of how much I need Christ and the gospel. I am as much in need of the gospel to live a Christian life, as I was in need of it to give me life.

4) All things come together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.

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