Philippians 4:19 (King James Version) tells us: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. So why do so many of us pray for God to supply our wants? Hmmmm…..I’m learning (and its a process) 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 everything through him who gives me strength.
The secret to happiness is not to get what you want, but to want what you already have. If you think about it, most discontent grows from want. We want more stuff, more excitement, more pleasure. When we don’t get those things, we’re resentful and unsatisfied. Take away the want, and you take away the unhappiness. When your quality of life is tied to your desires, fulfillment is a shadow that escapes your view. Like trying to imagine a new color, the harder you look, the harder it is to see. Does this mean you stop setting goals and striving for a healthy lifestyle and better life? No. It means you can appreciate life regardless of the outcome. It means you can relish the pursuit while accepting the possibility of failure. It means you can still enjoy the ride. Happiness is not a destination–it’s a way of life.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
– James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet