Press On: Living the content life

By Brian Whitmore
 
My hope is in You, Lord
All the day long I won't be shaken by drought or storm
A peace that passes understanding is my song
And I sing my hope is in You, Lord
- Aaron Shust
 
Content (noun): A state of satisfaction.
(adjective): Peaceful happiness.
 
I’m at peace. God has blessed me with Salvation through Jesus Christ, a beautiful wife and daughter, health, food, a roof over my head, clothes on my back. I’ve got all I want or need. I am content.
 
I don’t have the biggest house, the most land, the best car or the most money. And I don’t want or need any of those things.
 
All I want or need is Jesus. And in Him I find peace and I am content.
 
In late 2019, my HVAC, three major appliances and truck went down. I panicked some. Eighteen months later, everything is paid off and I have a new-to-me Jeep. God is with me. Panic is now contentment.
 
In 2020, COVID-19 changed our world. I panicked some - got to start saving money for all the what-ifs of life; I’m not where I need to be financially. One year later, we have savings in the bank, but guess what – it’s never enough for the what-ifs of life.
 
At the doctor, just getting blood work was $500. Groceries are up about $30-$50 a week. Gas is up $25 a week. I could panic some, but no. God is with me. I am content.
 
Businesses are hurting. The future is uncertain. Do I trust God? Or Do I trust money? I could panic some, but no. God is with me. I trust Him. I am content.
If I have excess, it needs to benefit those in need. I would not have said that a year ago. But I’m starting to learn the difference between selfish and servant.
My physical health needs work – high blood pressure and gout are among the ailments. But I’m still kicking.
 
I’m making better choices in what I eat – more grilled, less fried and red meat. Not easy for a country boy to give up fried foods and red meat, but my body is His temple. Time to ride bikes and walk, get moving more. I could panic some, but no. God is with me. I am content.
 
My mental health needs work – too much bad news in mainstream media and social media. I’m not spending as much time on Facebook and news sites. I could panic some by the state of the world, but no. God is with me. I am content.
 
Without the distractions of mainstream news and social media, I’m happier. Less bad news, more time to spend reading the Holy Bible and engage with my family.
Not perfect, I still get shaken. Panic still creeps in, but it does not define me. My God defines me. He’s all I want or need.
 
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33
 
(Brian Whitmore is a sinner, saved only by God’s Grace. He wants others to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Press On is a Christian blog - whitmorebriank.wixsite.com/presson)
 

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