Learning to Smile

Being content is a choice we have to make every single day. Contentment is not dependent on circumstances, it is dependent on your heart. So many days of our lives are wasted thinking about how the grass is always greener, and so many frowns could be smiles if we would just choose to change them.  It’s so hard to live in this world that’s constantly telling you what you need to be happy and actually be happy.  We see it and hear it every single day in music and on television and from people we interact with. You know what I’m talking about. This world tells us we need money and popularity and a relationship and beauty and confidence and intelligence to be happy. “When I am (fill in the blank) I will be happy” is a sentence we all say to ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, all the time. Fill in the blank with whatever you want, there are tons of options. “When I am older or prettier or thinner or richer or smarter or somewhere else I will be happy.” This is a poison to us, because the reality is that when you get thinner you only want to be more thin, and when you’re rich you only want more money. It is a vicious cycle that will eat away at your head and steal your life away from you.  If all you ever think about is how you will be happy eventually, you will never be happy.

We have to decide to smile and find the beauty in this moment, because we won’t get it back. We don’t know if tomorrow will come, but we know that right now in this very moment, we are undoubtedly here. Why waste the moments you are certain of thinking about moments that you aren’t? Today, I choose to smile and I choose to be happy. If tomorrow does come, I will choose happy once more. That’s all there is to it. Trust Jesus with where you are, and trust Him with where you will be. 

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11

With love,

Claire

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