To fulfill His purpose
11 Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. 12 I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. 13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
There are things that happen in our lives that move us in the direction of living lighter and being content with less. Moving into a new home brings an opportunity to purge things we haven’t seen, or used, for years.
What our ever-changing circumstances teach us, if we’re willing to lean into God’s care, is that contentment is a gift. And a simple life is far more satisfying than we expect. God’s ways are never complicated, and our lives are least complicated when we trust Him to know what we need and give what we need.
The path of our spiritual growth is clear to God. We can’t see what He has planned for us, so we can’t know exactly what it’s going to take to prepare us for it. Growth can be hard and painful. But it’s the key to a simple, secure, and surrendered life of trust in our unfailing Father.
He wastes nothing—not a single minute—of the journey He knows will lead us to the place of our highest purpose.
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