“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you decided to look beyond the imperfections.” -Anonymous
We will never find a time or space where everything in life is perfect. Yet, if we are mindful, we CAN find a time and space where we experience joy, happiness, and peace in all things.
It’s called being content.
Contentment is about being satisfied.
We often hear we need to “be like Jesus,” and we focus on how that calls us to lives of selflessness, loving others equally as ourselves, but one thing we often miss that is just as important is that message of contentment.
The very things that happened in Christ, the awakening/awareness of being one with God, is able to happen within us too.
So what if we become “like Christ” and awaken to the indwelling of God?
What if we truly do become content?
Part of growing in our faith journey is understanding what the word “Christ” means. (spoiler alert – “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. 😉 ha!)
The word “Christ” defines when the human and the divine come together. And that can happen in each of us! In fact, it is supposed to happen in each of us . . . we just don’t quite know how to “get there.”
“Few Christians have ever been seriously taught about their inherent union with God and will find all kinds of self-hating reasons to deny it. Only the True Self can dare to believe the gospel’s Good News.
The false self, or smaller self, is characterized by separateness. Jewish and Christian traditions call this state of disconnectedness “sin.” When we’re separated from our deepest Being, we are in the state of sin. When we are disconnected from our True Self in God, we look for various false and addictive ways to fill our emptiness. The small or false self is who we think we are, but our thinking does not make it so. It is our identity created through culture, education, class, race, friends, gender, clothes, and money.” -Rohr
What if we learn how to be content?
What if we find that fewer and fewer things keep us up at night?
It can happen . . . . Sunday, we will explore the importance of this, and next Sunday, we will talk about the how.
In the meantime, check out these words from Colossians . . . what a great glimpse we are given Into a beautiful and content life . . .
“Christ is in you” . . . . we’ve got all it takes within us . . . may we journey together to find it!
This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore, you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.