I have reached a place in my life, where I can step back and take a look at myself. Spiritually I would say I am in a “dry place”.
For the last so many years I have identified myself by what I do for a living. I romanticized my job, what I did, became what I am, so to speak. I got to where I always thought I wanted to be, and then when I had reached my goal it wasn’t enough. I was not content. Then in 2010, that all changed. I made a couple of decisions that changed my life, and put my career on the back burner.
Since then I have suffered a bit of depression, and have had ample opportunity to step back and examine my priorities.
I am still learning to be content in all things, it is very hard for someone like me. I would consider myself a Type A personality, and an introvert. An odd combination I imagine. Things in life have not gone the way I had hoped. Yet, even though I have not given up, because failure has never been an option when I set out to accomplish something, I have learned many things.
1.To be content in all things is hard and requires much prayer.
2. God provides.
3. Success is never permanent, failure is not fatal.
4. When the chips fall, you will be surprised who your friends really are.
5. Life goes on
6. Don’t pick and choose opportunities, If an opportunity presents itself, jump on it.
And some things God’s Word says:
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13