Inside: Thriving through life no matter what happens and ten guidelines to live your Christian life well.
Four years ago, our family moved across the state. My husband and I were restless and felt moving to a new area was where God was calling us. In the depths of our hearts, we were confident this new place would bring us more happiness and peacefulness than our current home near the banks of the Rock River.
As we wrapped our precious belongings in bubble wrap, we kept our focus on our new life across the state. Everything that was keeping us from feeling happy in our current place would cease when our toes touched our new land by the Mississippi River.
Even though this particular time was trying (packing and moving six family members), the next phase of establishment would be better.
Isn’t that what we are betting on when we move from one place to another, whether it’s a new move or season?
And then it wasn’t. Unpacking and settling were even harder than packing up and moving. Getting ready packing to leave lasted a short period, but getting used to our new home has taken time.
Living Life Well
What happened to the instant happiness, isn’t that why we moved? Why was I dissatisfied?
Doesn’t this happen to us a lot? We think life will be better when we graduate high school, and then six months later, we regret it and desire the safety within the walls of Madison High. Life will be happy when we’re married, and then the honeymoon is over, and reality happens.
Do you ever think back over your life and wonder what the heck you were thinking?
A hard season happened, and you complained and thought of throwing in the towel. However, after that hard season, an even more challenging phase happened which made the previous season look like a cake walk?
I don’t know about you, but it seems like dissatisfaction is always present in my current season. I wish things were different (sometimes it’s even myself I wish was different).
Maybe if I was less uptight, I could enjoy the mess my children create around the house. Or my back was less painful, and I could participate more at church.
Can I ever be just content and happy right where I am?
Embracing Our Life Regardless of What Happens
I’ve been thinking about this lately. When I stand before Jesus on Judgement Day, and He shows me the reel of my life, will I be embarrassed by my lack of happiness?
Am I living life well ….as a Christian?
Jesus is the model example of living life well here on earth. (Yea, I know He was God, but He was also fully human when He came to live here.)
Let me first point out. Living life well doesn’t mean hard things don’t come our way. To me, it means rising beyond struggles and problems but also accepting those times as periods of growth and development.
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