Life is not about you (adopted from Chuck Swindoll)
It appears that God has radically different goals for us than we do.
God's goal is not to ensure our happiness. God's goal for us is our becoming the persons that He called us to be. And, that goal is achieved through everyday training and occasional trials.
Paul faced innumerable hurdles--what he mentions in his letters is only a few of his difficulties. Yet, Paul was content:
- when he lost
- when he was weak
- when he received insults
- when he was slandered
- in distresses
- though persecuted
- while facing difficulties and pressures
It seems impossible that these are the context or conditions of contentment. But contentment in everything comes from knowing that divine strength comes at the time when human weakness is evident.
According to Paul, believers are to have an attitude of joyful acceptance of all circumstances. “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15).
Paul understood that life was about God, not about himself--it is God who takes the center-stage as we humbly move aside. So, the secret to genuine contentment and happiness is developing an attitude of humility toward God as we acknowledge our limitations and weaknesses.
Life is not about us. It's about God. It’s about revealing God and giving Him all the glory. That's the goal of life, not our happiness or material possessions or public recognition. When we realize this, our life begins to make sense. We "get" the journey and the mission. And, mysteriously, God fills our hearts with contentment and joy as we trek forward each day.