Monday, October 8, 2012

Want to Know the Secret?~ Day 8 {Make. It. Count.}

If only, I was married.     

If only, I wasn't married.

If only, I had my dream job.

If only, I was retired.

If only, my children were old and grown and on their own.

If only, my children were little again.

If only I was skinny.

If only I was rich.

If only I was talented.

If only, If only, If only.

Have you ever been caught up in the "if only" game?

I'm sure you probably have. After all,  it's pretty popular and it doesn't require much more than a discontented heart for you to be able to play along.

For some odd reason, we humans are never quite satisfied with where we are now. We somehow think if our circumstances were different, everything else would be different, too. We'd be happier, healthier, prettier, richer, kinder. We'd be more productive, more popular, more dependable, more agreeable, more Christ-like. Unfortunately, the "if only" game only leaves us feeling depressed, frustrated, defeated and ready to give up.

Want to know how to win at the game of life?

Want to know the secret to
enjoying where you are,
making the most of the moment at hand,
finding contentment no matter what your circumstances are?

Here it is:

The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.
~ Elisabeth Elliot

You see, what matters most is not what is happening around us, but Who is residing inside us.
If we have Christ in us, we have all we need. 
End of story.

It is Christ that makes the difference.

Instead of dwelling on our circumstances,
we simply need to trust in and rely on the One dwelling inside us.

If Christ is in us,
than Christ is also in
our debt.
our health,
our marriage,
our loneliness,
our children,
our job,
our conflict,
our trial,
our victory.

The very One who is in our midst is in the midst of our circumstances.

Right here, right now, God is here.

All we need to do is to keep our focus on Him. 

Allow Christ to become the center of
where you are,
what you are doing,
and who you are becoming
through it all.

In every season of our life, Christ longs to Make. It. Count. 

And, He will...
we keep our eyes and our heart fixed on Him.

God wanted his people throughout the world to know the glorious riches of this mystery
—which is Christ living in you, giving you the hope of glory.
~  Colossians 1:27, (GW)

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