At around this time of year just after the start of the New Year, many start in on changes they wish to make in their lives. Whatever alterations that seem desirable to us, may well have to do with seeking a better and easier life. Often time comparisons are made by us comparing our own lives to someone else’s. The idea to heighten your living standard to match that of other people’s especially if they have been successful in achieving a higher quality of life seems plausible for many and a popular goal. Yet, higher economic standards do not guarantee happiness and can be quite vain and leave you wanting more. Always seeking fulfillment by looking to another man’s successes and material gains may lead to sadness; you may end up never really finding what you think may bring you happiness and it can be a long search ending in disappointment. Besides we can never know what is really going on inside the lives of those around us and they can be searching for happiness too. Wisdom is found in changes to the inner man and not in searching out better circumstances for himself.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. (Pro. 18:10)

The LORD gives you purpose and set your direction and those who follow know what it truly means to enjoy life. Without real meaning you will spend the rest of your life wandering through life aimlessly with no direction, focus, or purpose. You must realize how you should live your life first, not how you wish to live it. A sizable difference exists between your desire to live your way and God’s way. Paul discovered a deeper joyful life once he realized that it was hopeless to live without God and discovered real peace when he accepted the gospel message for himself. Later, he could say that he knew in whatever state he was in that he has learned to be content. He could do so because he was a saved man. His heart was changed, which meant that under pressure often his attitude adjusted to the circumstances around him, no matter what they were, his joy remained constant. And no one could say Paul`s life was comfortable and easy, rather he endured many trials and obstacles along the way. And that is still the expectation for any of us who wish to live godly today. Remember that the Holy Spirit is stronger than our circumstances and that from our difficulties personal faith in Christ will become stronger. Paul had endured many troubling situations, some of which we may never have to face, yet he could say:

Not that I am speaking of distinguished in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Phi 4:11-13)

Alone, none of us can change our own hearts only God can do that. We can, however, admit and confess our sins and seek forgiveness in Christ, knowing that He alone paid the price for them, is the beginning of a new life. That is the type of transformation that equips us for anything in this life, and makes us acceptable to God that we may enjoy Him forever. Only Christ can bring about a real change in your heart. Trust in Him, today.

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