Finding joy in life’s continual tensions. 3.13.13

by Aaron K.

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Finding joy in life’s continual tensions. 3.13.13

"Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated. It will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be especially careful and watchful to that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us." -Charles Spurgeon

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (Philippians 4:12 NLT)

Why do the tensions of life always seem to surprise me? The rhythmic ebb and flow of life seem to push the tides high refreshing my soul with seasons of joy and blessing while other times the tide pulls back revealing the harsh nature of life for what Solomon says it is…meaningless…a passing vapor when void of eternal perspective. It is here I must speak to myself in a good Christian way, reminding myself that learning contentment requires tension. Contentment cannot be learned without pressure driving its roots down ever deeper, past the shallow rocks of life’s seasonal circumstances, both good and bad, into the rich infinite blessing and joy of God. Action, my sons…refuse to be surprised, life and its responsibilities can way heavy on the heart and soul. Be thankful and welcome this continual pressure and tension for if directed properly with mature Christian thought it will refine your character pushing it to find ever expanding contentment, joy and blessings in God. Seek hard after this and you’ll be a blessed man.