Prayer is a spiritual discipline that most Christians are familiar with but most of us are frustrated with at times. Why don’t Christians pray more? We don’t know how. If you didn’t grow up in church, or even if you did, praying can be incredibly intimidating, especially if you grew up in a formal church where the pastor […]
Habit #4: Repeat daily.
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. . . I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:9,12)
Contentment is measured in weeks and months, not hours and days. The Philippians 4 Challenge can be a long, hard slog. Doing the hard work of catching your thoughts and redirecting them, of choosing to be joyful when everything inside of you is screaming can be exhausting. Progress may be only inches at a time. It’s not until you pause and look at the previous few weeks or months that you begin to see just how far you’ve come.
The Philippians 4 Challenge is not a quick fix. It’s not a prescription pill that you can pop when needed to take all your problems away. It’s a transformative way to change the way you think and interact with the world. But never lose sight of the goal: contentment. An inner peace that never leaves, a self-confidence and self-love that flows from truly knowing how loved and forgiven you are. A joy that transcends all circumstances and spills over to bless everyone around you. Believe me, it’s worth it. Keep on truckin’.
Share in the comments below and answer this question, “How has your contentment changed or improved over the past two and a half weeks through the Philippians 4 Challenge?”
God, may this mindset I’ve begun to cultivate not end with the Challenge. May this be the new may. May you continue to renew my mind until I come to the place of true contentment.
Don’t keep this to yourself. If you’ve seen any positive change in your life from living out the four habits commanded by Philippians 4, tell someone about it and encourage them to try it out themselves.
Use #phil4challenge to spread the word about the Philippians 4 Challenge!