Three Beliefs That Matter

I want to talk to you today about three beliefs that matter. These three things are very important in our lives, and you’re probably not going to hear anyone talking about them at work, at school, or on TV.

Here they are.

The first big belief: “What I presently have is better than what I don’t have.” I think adopting this mentality is the best way we could go through life. A lot of people feel their lives are meaningless and don’t have a purpose, or that their lives aren’t fulfilled. Many times the reason for this mentality is that they’re not looking at what they have in their life, and instead looking at what they don’t have. Society is always reminding us of what we don’t have – the body we don’t have, the marriage we don’t have, the house we don’t have, the car we don’t have, etc. Every commercial is basically saying that your life is incomplete unless you buy this, drive this, wear this, look this way, etc. We are constantly looking at what we don’t have instead of looking at what we do have.

Apostle Paul said, “I’ve learned in whatever state I’m in to be content.” He said, “There’s been times I have had plenty and there are times when I’ve been without; there are times I have been hungry and there are times I have had plenty.” He said that whatever state he has been in, he learned to be content.   Imagine how your day, or your life, could be much better if you begin to adopt this outlook. Don’t be duped into thinking that the next best thing is what you need to make your life complete.

Today I challenge myself and you (if you have Christ in your life), no matter what may be missing, to let God bring more to our lives as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. You have everything you need right now.

The second big belief: “I don’t need more to be happy.”  Once again, it’s like culture is always telling us that we have to have more. Social media is always posting – “Look where I’m at!” “Look at what I’m eating!” “Look at who I’m hanging out with!” It makes you feel like your life must be pretty boring and you should be living their life. I think the Oscars and the Academy Awards (which I never watch) have people making a big “to-do” about these actors. Granted, they’re talented, but many times they’re empty on the inside. They seem to have everything when looking from the outside, but nothing on the inside.

I don’t need more to be happy; that’s the second big belief.  It doesn’t mean that you don’t want more, or that you’re not striving to have more love, more friends, more meaning, more influence, and even more money. God not only wants to meet your needs, He wants you to help the needs of others, but I don’t need more to be happy.

The third big belief: “If I’m not happy now, I won’t be happy when…”  That’s important. If I’m not happy right now in my life, I won’t be happy with that next job, that next goal or that next accomplishment that’s ahead of us. We should have goals and things we are striving for but if we’re not happy now, when?

I know that was an important lesson that I learned when I was single. Sometimes, when you’re single, all you think about is getting married. This is especially true when all of your friends are getting married or are already married. I had to learn that if I wasn’t fulfilled and content as a single man, then I wasn’t going to be fulfilled and happy as a married man either.

I had to realize that before I entered into my calling in life, full-time ministry. I had to realize that if I wasn’t happy working for UPS, then I wasn’t going to be happy going into full-time ministry. So if I’m not happy now, I won’t be happy when… 

It’s really all about contentment like the Apostle Paul said. We have to learn to be content in all situations and circumstances.  Maybe these three beliefs can challenge some of the things you’ve been thinking about.

Go out and have a great rest of your day!

God Bless!

Carl

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