Finding satisfaction when life seems unsatisfying

The year was 1981…Life seemed so ideal.img_1183 Soon though  that ideal picture would begin to fade and a real but often more unsatisifactory picture would become a reality. I wish I could tell my “younger” self how find satisfaction in life when life seems so unsatisfactory

1. Thank God For what you have

–Thank God that your job

–Thank God for the relationships you have as imperfect as they are. Be glad /thankful you aren’t going through life on your own.

2. View your job as God’s provision

— To supply your basic necessities

–Allowing you to serve Him and do His will at work, in your community and around the world

3. Realize You were not created find satisfaction in your job, family, or friends but in God alone.

–It is through faith in Jesus that we find our greatest only true satisfaction- purpose and peace as we look to him in love, to worship and serve.

–It is there that our unsatisfactory life becomes completely satisfying.

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Just a Reminder: The end is coming-be ready

Last week my fall bible study classes finished our eight-week study on the book of 2 Peter. I challenged my students to tell someone what they learned. I decided I would share with you all a little bit about what I learned from this short letter that Peter wrote at the end of his life. It is packed with instruction and is very relevant to what is happening in our world today.

  1. By God’s power, I have “everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him”. When I struggle, I need to remember that God has given me “His precious and magnificent promises” so that by faith I can become a partaker of His divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world.
  2. Faith is just the beginning of my walk with God. I need to be diligent to supply other qualities to my faith (moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, persevere, godliness, brotherly kindness and love). By doing this I will not stumble but be useful and fruitful; more certain of my calling and God’s choosing of me.
  3. False teachers are among us in the church. We need to be able to discern the error of their doctrine and not be misled by their “cleverly revised tales”.
  4. Mockers will come; questioning the truth of God’s word. They will see the apparent lack of action on God’s part, as meaning He cannot act. But what they don’t realize is that God is patience and He wants no one to die for all eternity but all to come to repentance and receive eternal life.
  5. When the end comes, it is will quick and catch all not looking for it unaware. The present heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire. I should be looking for the new heavens and new earth where there will only be righteousness, not sin or pain.
  6. If I am not on guard, I will believe the errors of unprincipled people and no longer be steadfast in my faith. Instead, I must be diligent to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.MH900255382

So that…I will tell

Do you ever remember when you were too excited to wait…to wait for what is best?

When I was a child I never liked to wait.  No I was in too big a hurry to wait for mom.  We were at a swimming pool, one I had never been to before and I could not wait to go swim.  I should have waited, but I hurried out of the women’s changing area and started down the steps on the side of the pool.  Too late I realized I was not in the “kiddie” section.  I remember going down…down…and pushing up and gasping for air and trying to yell for help.  The next thing I remember water was gushing out my mouth and I was coughing, as I regained conscienceness.

Why?  Why didn’t I wait…why didn’t God stop me?

Or better question…why did God save me?

When bad things happen we tend to question…why???  We should ask why for the good, as well as, the bad.  Why has God allowed this to happen?  Is it for my sake only…for my personal benefit or is there more…a greater reason?  Has God allowed both the good and the bad in my life…

so that I will recognize His sovereignty and praise Him?

so that I will recognize His provision and thank Him?

so that I will tell others of God’s work and bring glory to Him?

…But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,

And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.

That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,

That they may arise and tell them to their children,

That they should put their confidence in God

And not forget the works of God,

But keep His commandments

 Psalm 78:4,6,7