Editor’s Note: Our weekly guest spot is our effort to help our reading community connect with each other. MJ’s post on contentment in our moments reminds us of the truth that “…godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Tim 6:6). Thank you for sharing MJ!
I spent too long believing I was living Plan B. I thought that if I had just done X, Y and Z, I would be living Plan A. For now I was waiting, doing my “penance” – until Plan A would magically appear, and my “real” life would start and I would live happily ever after.
I could not have been any more wrong.
In reality, I have many blessings in my life – a wonderful husband, three beautiful children, a house in the suburbs, reliable transportation, and a good job. My family has food, water, clothing, indoor plumbing, electricity, heat, air conditioning, and modern appliances. I have an awesome extended family, many good friends, a great church and community.
And yet what did I find myself concentrating on? The ONE thing that I did not have. Is that not the most ungrateful thing you ever heard of?
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10
The evil one has one goal for your life – to steal your joy, kill your spirit and destroy your life. God wants you to have life! Not just in the life to come, but in this very life that you are living now. Not just merely an existence, but to the full, till it overflows!
Living my life as if it were Plan B was not what God intended. God made life for enjoying!
If I concentrate on the what ifs, and the if onlys – I will live my life disappointed, angry and bitter. But if I concentrate on accepting the many gifts that Christ has given me, I will have joy and peace.
In May of 2011, I had enough. I made a decision:
I chose joy and peace.
I chose to enjoy where I am.
I chose to accept the path that God designed for ME.
To be honest, 2011 was one of the most painful years of my life. Yet after I made that decision –
I had never felt more joy and peace in my life.
I had never heard God’s voice so clearly nor felt His presence so abundantly.
I had never been more secure in the fact that I AM living the Plan that God intended for ME.
His Plan is good. I choose this. Do you choose this?
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“Seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14b)
MJ is a mom, wife, career woman, and follower of God. She is passionate in her quest to “seek peace and pursue it”. Her blog can be found at http://thepeacefilledlife.wordpress.com
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So good! So true. I think we’ve all done this subconsciously. Feeling like our best life is stuck between (if and when). Who the SON sets free is free indeed.