Friday, March 7, 2014

Snow Days and Jesus

This past week, school was out all week due to the ice, snow, and severe weather.  Kids (and probably teachers too) love getting that call or seeing that announcement roll across the TV screen.  Snow days are like an unexpected vacation and a welcome break from the classroom.  After two or three days, however, parents begin to hear the cries of, “I’m bored!” and “There is nothing to do!”  The excitement of the break has worn off and now kids are ready to see their friends and be back in routine.  Life is like that.  We spend a lot of time hoping something will happen and when it finally does we are happy for a moment.  Then, of course, we wish something else would happen and we are dissatisfied until we get our way again.  
This phenomena is nothing new.  Many people are always looking for the "next thing."  In contrast to that mentality, Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, 
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The secret to contentment is not our circumstances, but instead it is found by fully placing our trust in Christ.  As long as we are focused solely on our own passing desires, we will never find true happiness.  We must look to Jesus to be the source of contentment for our daily lives.  When we trust Christ with our past, our present, and our future, we have the opportunity to find satisfaction in living for Him. 
I hope as you live your life in the days to come you will seek to find your satisfaction in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  If you do not know Christ as Lord in your life, reach out and ask questions that will help you make a decision about letting Him reign in you.  Family, friends, and church support can only do so much.  You must be willing to seek Jesus for yourself and be willing to trust Him for all that He is.  Jesus is more than the "next thing" in your life - when He has His proper place, He influences everything in your life.  People who have been affected by Jesus know that they are different now than they were before the encounter.  When Jesus is truly present in your life, your thankfulness is richer, your peace is more complete, and your passions are more focused than ever before.  People change when Jesus and His teachings come into their lives.  May we always seek to be changed by our encounters with Christ and may we seek to share those experiences with others.

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