Cycle 5 of Surrender Fast 2013 focused on contentment. I wish I could say that after 6 weeks of study I’ve mastered it. To the contrary, but I am LEARNING and that’s good enough (see Philippians 4:10-11).
As many of you know the first seminar of the Surrender Lifestyle Symposiums in next Saturday. Despite my efforts the numbers aren’t where I want them.
Don’t worry this isn’t a cheap marketing ploy; I tend to live-out-loud and this situation is no different.
My goal for the first session was 150 participants. On last Tuesday when I realized I was only a third of the way there worry started to set in. And with worrying came discouragement, sadness, and negative thinking. However as I was praying the Spirit whispered:
Be grateful for what is.
Wow, I was so busy focusing on what could be that I missed the opportunity to focus on what is.
The numbers weren’t the problem; it was my double-mindedness that was keeping me from contentment.
All along I had been praying, Lord whoever is supposed to come, will. But it was my stipulation of 150 participants that was robbing me of peace. What I was really praying was: Lord I am grateful for all that show up–as long as 150 are present.
You, too, may be double-minded. Does any of this sound familiar? Lord, if you get me into college it doesn’t matter how long it takes—as long as I finish in 4 years. Or Lord, I don’t care if I ever get married—as long as you send my spouse before the age of 40.
My friend, it’s the latter insertion that leads to discontentment. But Let God be; let His plans actualize in your life!
The Word reminds us that His ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts. He doesn’t even define success the way we do. The world keeps us caught up with the bottom line: profits/numbers. But God is saying today I AM the bottom line. As long as you are doing my will, you are a success (see Joshua 1:8)!
So I surrender; I am grateful for what is.
I choose God, I choose to be grateful, and I choose to live contented. What about you?
With God all things are possible,
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