This is going to be a real easy lesson today, but as with many things that seem easy, to actually be able to utilize this in your life is not easy.
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So, the secret to happiness, how to be satisfied in all that you do (as Shaul said he was in Philippians 4:12) and have peace throughout your life is this:
Satisfaction doesn’t come from getting what you want; it comes from being content with what you have.
That’s it. Simple, right?
The difficulty is actually being content with what we have.
I am not saying that one should not have ambition- to me, a life without ambition is a boring life. We should try to better our situation, be a better provider to our family, continue to study and learn about everything that interests us, and never, ever stop trying to better ourselves.
And always try to be more of what God wants us to be- not what some religion says you should be, but what God says to be (and you find that ONLY in the first 5 books of the Bible. If you want to say Yeshua / Jesus taught us how to be, he taught from those 5 books).
For me, I really have learned pretty much to be satisfied. For example, I can log onto Amazon and buy only what I really need to get. (Oy! The Acid Test of satisfaction!)
Do I want more? Honestly? No, not really. I have a wonderful marriage to a wonderful woman, I have a house that is paid for, I am (for the most part) healthy, I have friends I have known from childhood that I am still constantly in touch with, my ministry (this ministry) is growing, and even though I would prefer more people buy the books I have written, I have come to accept that what I spout here is never going to be popular.
Why not? Am I being pessimistic? No, I am being realistic- the megachurches and large synagogues and popular online ministries are popular because they tell people all the wonderful things that God will do for them.
Not me- I tell people all the things God wants us to do for him BEFORE he will give us all that nice stuff.
People don’t want to hear about what they have to do to get something: they love to hear about what they will get for doing nothing.
Well…das ist alles! Short, sweet, to the point: it’s OK to try to get more, but not to the point where wanting more takes away from being satisfied with what you have.
If you can teach yourself to appreciate what you have, and especially to thank God for all he has done for you, then you will always be satisfied.
That’s it for this week, so please remember to subscribe, share these messages, buy my books, join my Facebook group called “Just God’s Word” (you need to accept the rules to get in), and please don’t hesitate to give me feedback.
Until next time, l’hitraot and (an early) Shabbat Shalom!
Oh, I almost forgot- this Monday is Purim…Chag Sameach!