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Started From The Bottom

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength…And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:11-13, 19

I have a confession to make.  I didn’t go to church yesterday.  For some people that is not a big deal, but for me to miss church it means I am out of town or really, really ill.  Yet I missed church yesterday because I decided on Saturday that I simply wasn’t going.  At the time, I struggled to name what I was feeling towards God, but I was feeling something.  And as I struggled to go to church yesterday, getting dressed, but never making it out the door – I realized I was struggling with my heart.  My heart became caught up in my emotions and what I saw versus my Lord and what I knew.  When I was able to admit that to myself and to God, everything changed.

You see, when you focus on Christ and not the situation, you can live with and through anything. Why? Because perspective changes everything.   When Paul wrote this letter, he was in prison for serving Christ and following wherever the Spirit led.  He suffered poverty, he suffered beatings, and he suffered strained relationships and even isolation at times.  All while following God.  Yet in this letter to the church in Philippi, Paul wrote that he understood the key to not only contentment, but he had faith that Christ would meet all his needs.  Instead of focusing on his situation, Paul focused on Christ.  Many times in our bottom moments, we must shift our focus from what we see to what we know, because what we know is not always what we see.  That is what it means to have faith.

No matter what you may be experiencing, change your perspective.  If you are frustrated, as I was, change your perspective.  If you are dealing with lack, change how you look at the lack.  When you look at what you know as a follower of Christ, you are prepared to face and walk through anything life gives you in your bottom moments.  Anything.  Because when you do, you realize you are not walking alone.

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