The lord is my programmer, I shall not crash.
He installed his software on the hard disk of my heart.
All of his commands are user friendly.
His directory guides me to the right choices for his name’s sake.
Even though I scroll through the problems of life,
I will fear no bugs, for he is my backup.
His password protects me.
He prepares a menu before me in the presence of my enemies.
His help is only a keystroke away.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me, all the days of my life.
And my file will be merged with his and saved forever!
Content, by definition means “to be satisfied with what one is or has.” Contentment is finding joy and satisfaction in what God has given us. Being content is a choice, that choice which you and I can make in every single situation. Actually, not everyone is truly content with their life. Often times we are unsatisfied with what we have and hence we seek more of what we don’t have.
What does it mean to be content?
One of the major problem raised these days is, “love of money”. No man is content or satisfied with what he or she has. Remember, the antonym of contentment is greed and when greed enters in, it destroys the blessings we already have and we even sometimes loss the capacity to enjoy what god has given us.
Apostle Paul, In 1 Timothy 6:10 pens like this, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”
How true is this! I remember a short story by a Russian author Tolstoy, titled as, “How much land does a man need?” and the story goes like this. There lived a rich peasant man who was never satisfied with what he had. He always had greed to have more. Once he heard of a wonderful chance to get more land. For 1,000 rubles he could have all the land he could walk around in a day. But he had to make it back before sunset and if he fails to return back then he would lose all his money.
Next day, he rose early in the morning and set out. He walked on and on, his greed driving him just a little farther as he saw new territory. Finally, at some point he realized that he had to return back and he had to walk very fast if he was to get back in time to claim the land. As the sun got lower in the sky, he quickened his pace. As the sun neared the horizon, he began to run. Finally, he saw the starting place. His heart was pounding rapidly and he was gasping for breath, but he gave it everything he had and plunged over the finish line, fell to the ground, and collapsed, just seconds before the sun disappeared below the horizon. A stream of blood poured out of his mouth and he lay dead. His servant took a spade and dug a grave and they made it just long enough and wide enough and buried him.
The author Tolstoy concluded the story by saying, “Six feet from his head to his heels was all he needed.”
How ironic! You may have heard this story earlier but there is a great lesson in this story. Since, this is what we humans need at last. “Six feet from head to heels.” Also, we may have even heard this very often as, “Money is a great servant but a terrible master. If you set your heart on money, someday money will break your heart”. Remember, always try to be happy with what you have because there are people who have nothing but they still manage to simile.
Paul, again while writing about ‘love of money’ writes like this, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he (Jesus) has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” – Hebrews 13:05.
Remember, you and I share a living god who has promised us that, ‘he will never leave us nor forsake us’. So be content with what you have and flee away from love of money and hunger for righteousness and you will be satisfied for Jesus says in Matthew 5:6 as, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” These are the very words spoken by Jesus. If your greatest hunger is for worldly things then you will never be satisfied and you will always be discontent and if your hunger is for righteousness, you will be satisfied and you will always be content.
How to be content?
When it comes to contentment we can learn a lot more from the life of Apostle Paul. Paul writes in – Philippians 4:12 as, “I have learned to be content”. Yes! Life of contentment can be learned. Lets us see how Apostle Paul learned it. Paul tells us, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” – Philippians 4: 12-13.
I believe that, the very first step to learn how to be content is to realize that contentment can be learned and when you realize this then you are well on your way to experience the contentment God has for you. Remember, Paul did not have an easy life, he was imprisoned, he was stoned, he was in cold and nakedness, and he was even in hunger and many more things but all for the sake of Gospel. Paul didn’t say he had always been content, but he says he had learned to be content through all this trails. And when Paul learned contentment there was godliness in his contentment and so when he writes in 1 Timothy 6:6-7 he writes as, “Godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it” How true is this! We brought nothing and we take nothing.
Maybe you have struggled with contentment in the past or maybe you are still struggling in it. Take comfort in the fact that contentment can be learned. You may have great needs in your life or you may be having very little blessings in your life. First, thank God for what you have because when you have very little in your life, you can learn the art of contentment. Someone said this very correctly, “A rare jewel is not found when you have more, but when you have less”. So, never think of what you don’t have in your life instead thank God for all that you have. Bring your desires down to the level of your possessions and learn to enjoy what god has given you and practice the art of godly contentment. For, being content in life is the key to happiness which gives us internal peace.
GOD BLESS YOU
Flowers and cards, sweets and chocolates,
Exuberant atmosphere with two different states;
Some celebrate because they are accepted,
Some get depressed because they are rejected;
Fantasy of love, the immature hunt to catch,
Finally gets deceived, as sin begins to hatch;
What was once love, slowly turns out bitter,
What was once care, begins to lose its glitter;
The memories that excited, begin to prick,
The emotions that soothed turn out to be a trick;
The innocent, mild and weak are abused,
The cruel, selfish and wicked are amused;
A colorful life turns into black and white,
It all started with love at first sight;
Love that’s meant to last for life,
Makes life sore and bitter, filled with strife;
Is this the definition of love or can someone guide me please?
Take me to a place where love doesn’t cease;
The love of this world soon comes to an end,
Can someone show me love through worlds without end?
I am tired, alone, betrayed and haunted,
I need someone, who I can lean on, though I’m unwanted;
Someone who would love me, in my state of helplessness,
Someone who would love me, in this hour of hopelessness;
Is there someone who would love me, without selfish gain?
Is there someone who would love me, knowing I can’t repay again?
Then I was told that someone gave his life on the cross,
He was crushed, wounded and hanging there for a cause;
Being fascinated of this voluntary self sacrifice, I wanted to see,
They said, “God loved, so he gave his only son for you and for me”;
Why would he do what he did when he gave his life for me?
I was told that Jesus loves, and his love would set me free;
For the first time in life, I found out what I was seeking for,
An unconditional love, freedom & sacrifice to end all human war;
I accepted his love, that changed my life forever since then,
Jesus Christ became my love, my greatest gain;
God incarnate came down for me – the Father’s love,
God eternal paid the price for my sins – the Christ’s love,
God almighty opened his arms for me – his Holy Spirit’s love,
He is waiting for each one of us to know that love the True love.
– Unknown Author
Failure is one of the toughest parts of our life to overcome. When it comes to failing, our egos are our worst enemies. Everyone has seen or experienced failure at some point in their life. Nobody escapes it. Sooner or later, everyone experiences it. If someone gets hit by major setbacks in his or her life, people often misinterpret it as a breakdown. Always remember, failure is a staircase to success. You may fall from it, maybe a hundred times but make sure you climb up again. Some people never fail, because they never aim for success. Yes, some people are so focused on not failing that they forget to aim for success.
Failure is actually a very important part of our success. It isn’t really a problem anyway. The problem lies when we limit ourselves, and fail to learn from it. Always deal with the problems of your life with a positive attitude. Negative response leads to nothing but setbacks and blunders it may cause you to give up on your goals. Everyone deals with setbacks but they can be overcome only if we see them as a part of bigger life picture. Use failure as a valuable learning tool.
You can benefit from every failure, obstacle, or embarrassing experience by asking yourself the following questions:
- What did I learn from this experience?
- What can I do differently next time to avoid it?
Thomas Edison, whose most memorable invention was the light bulb, which purportedly took him 1000 tries before he developed a successful prototype. “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”
Fear of failure
Firstly, most of the people never succeed in life because of their fear of failing. Of course, no one wants to fail. We’d like to succeed every time. But we do learn more from our failure than we ever will from our successes. Rather than labeling your setbacks and blunders as failures, choose to say you have learned a lot of ways not to do something at the second attempt.
Secondly, some people never overcome their failure because they never forgive themselves for failing. Instead of moving beyond failure to success, they continue to punish themselves with self-inflicted guilt. If you have failed, admit it and start over afresh. The key to success is determining how you’ll handle your failure. If you try to hide it, it will haunt you. If you confess it, you can conquer it.
“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the wrong direction.”
– Al Bernstein.
Use failure as a platform
Failure can be used as a platform – it can be used as a launching board towards something incredible. I remember a short story of a girl and an artist. One day some ink was, accidentally, spilled onto a beautiful and an expensive handkerchief by a girl during her painting classes and that mess was observed by her teacher-an artist who decided to make the best of the situation. So, he drew a picture on the cloth and used the blotch of ink as part of the scenery. At the end, something beautiful was made on a blundered product.
God is well-equipped to do the same for us, if we allow him to. Place your problems and failure in God’s hand, it’s never too late. Sometimes, we forget that god is a miracle worker. He is well able to take our failures and work them into his plans for our future. Above all, allow God to direct your paths. He will take care of everything.
“The righteous may fall seven times but still get up”
– Proverbs 24:16
Never give up
When we study life of some beautiful minds who have succeeded in their life, one quality they almost always have in common is “persistence”. They never give up. They know that the longer they hang in there and the more they persist, the greater the chance that something will happen in their favor. Never give up on your dreams. You may find it challenging but quite often the challenges you face will help you learn new lessons, get good at making difficult decisions, and develop your character.
Here is a small incident that happened with Thomas Edison – a well known scientist. Thomas Edison invented the microphone, the phonograph, the incandescent light, the storage battery, talking movies, and more than 1000 other things. December 1914, he had worked for 10 years on a storage battery which had greatly strained his finances. One particular evening, spontaneous combustion broken out in his film room and within minutes all the packing compounds, celluloid for records and film, and other flammable goods were in flames. Fire companies from eight surrounding towns arrived, but the heat was so intense and the water pressure so low that the attempt to douse the flames was futile. Everything was destroyed.
The damage exceeded two million dollars; the buildings were only insured for $238,000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof.
The inventor’s 24-year old son, Charles, searched frantically for his father. He finally found him, calmly watching the fire, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind. “My heart ached for him,” said Charles. “He was 67 – no longer a young man – and everything was going up in flames. When Edison saw him, he shouted, ‘Charles, Where’s your mother?’ Charles told him, “I didn’t know.” Edison said, ‘Find her and bring her here. She will never see anything like this as long as she lives.”
The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, “There is a great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank god, we can start anew.” Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver the first phonograph.
Similarly, there are n numbers of notable individuals who have failed in life more times than they have succeeded. They never gave up over their works which brought them success in future.
Remember, our Holy Bible reminds us in Jeremiah 8:4 as, “when people fall down, do they not get up?” So, you may fall or you may fail but be bold. Rise up, Run.
You may be a student or a parent who is reading this. Whether you’ve experienced failure as a parent, in the form of bankruptcy after starting your own business, or a student who has failed in exams, remember you did the best you could with the knowledge and skills you had available at the time. After all, you did survive. Now you know, you can cope up with the results of failing. To get yourself up and running once again, focus on past successes. Remind yourself you’ve had more victories than defeats. Try to spend time with positive, caring friends and family who can validate your worth and help you refocus on your goals.
Never let your failure break you, and the only way that failure can break you is if you let it. What you have to understand is that everybody fails but not everyone gets back up and tries again. So, no matter how many time you fail, get up and try it again. Never let the failure stand between you and what you want to accomplish. Once you’ve created a new plan of action, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and move in the direction of your dreams. It was the comedian, George Burns who said, “I, honestly, think it is better to fail at something you love than to succeed at something you hate.”
Failure isn’t the end, it’s a new beginning!
One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One start can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true.
One life can make the difference,
You see, it’s up to you!
Goal setting is a process, a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future. Goal setting energizes you like nothing else because when you set goals you know the purpose of your life and that purpose motivates you to go beyond dreaming. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. Setting goals helps you to think about what you want to achieve in life, and most importantly setting goals increases confidence, develops your competence level and boosts your level of motivation.
Why set goals?
All successful people are intensely goal oriented. They know what they want and so every single day, they are focused single mindedly on achieving it. Top level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields, set goals. Just think, why do successful people set goals? According to me, setting goals gives them a long term vision and a short term mission, and this is the only reason we often get to see the words ‘vision’ and ‘mission’ in many offices and business areas. Remember, vision and mission allows you to see the bigger picture of your life. Mission pushes you forward towards your goal and it inspires you with an intensity of desire that you don’t normally possess.
There are people who live without goals. Simply, a goal-less life! They live without a sense of purpose or mission, and no doubt their life is full of chaos and despair. Their attention is always being shifted, and their thoughts are continuously scattered. Their activities and accomplishments are meaningless.
If you don’t really have goals, stop! Have one. It is never too late. Because, when you have goals in your life, you’ll find your career accelerating. Setting goals is as important as surviving and when you set goals you fly like an arrow, straight and true to your target.
How do we set goals?
Set your lifetime goals first and when you set goals make sure that they motivate you which means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. Think what you want from life and then set formal goals, and when you set formal goals, you’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can so easily lead you astray. Be clear about what you want to accomplish. Your goals should always be tough enough to challenge you but not so daunting that it squashes you.
Here are few questions which might help you to discover your goals:
Try answering them !
- What is your deepest desire?
- What do you feel most passionate about?
- What idea never leaves you?
- What would bring you the greatest fulfillment?
- What is the most important thing you wish to do in your lifetime?
When you set goals, the very first step is to have a long-term goal and then short-term goals. How to set a long-term goal? Imagine where you’d like to see yourself after 10 years or may be after 20 years. You might dream to become the chairperson of a company or a successful business man. That’s it.Note it down. Make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or friends might want. This is important. Never let others to set your goal. Most importantly, set goals that you can achieve.
Once you have set your long-term goal, set a five year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete which will help you attain your lifetime goal. Further, create a one year plan, followed by a six month plan, and then a one month plan. Then create a daily To-Do list of things that you should do today in order to achieve your long-term goal. You can even make a list of your goals and rate them, according to priority.Lastly,work your way through the list, one at a time. For example, your goal might be to work as a nature photographer in Africa one year from now. Set goals that have a clear sense of purpose and work towards it. Most importantly, know what you want to achieve in your life, this will help you in concentrating on your efforts. Make sure you set goals that match your values and if you pursue goals that don’t match your values, they’ll drain you of mental and emotional energy and you’ll be left thinking “Is this all I wanted?” Sooner or later, your system will break down physically, mentally, emotionally. Give yourself a value check every now and then.
Finally review your plans, and make sure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life.
Wisely setting goals leads to better results:
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit”
– Proverbs 21: 5
I asked God to take away my pride,
And God said, “No.”
He said it was not for Him to take away,
But for me to give up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
And God said, “No.”
He said her spirit is whole.
Her body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience,
And God said, “No.”
He said patience is a by-product of tribulation.
It isn’t granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness,
And God said, “No.”
He said He gives blessings,
Happiness is up to me.
I asked God to spare me pain,
And God said, “No.”
He said, “Suffering draws you apart from
Worldly cares and brings you closer to me.”
I asked God to make my spirit grow,
And God said, “No.”
He said I must grow on my own,
But he will prune me to make it fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life,
And God said, “No.”
He said I will give you life,
so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God if He loved me,
And God said, “Yes.”
He gave me His only son, who died for me.
And I will be in Heaven someday
because… I believe.
I asked God to help me love others
As much as He loves me,
And God said,
“Ah finally, you have the idea.”
-By Claudia Minden Welsz