Philippians 4: 12
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.
This verse applies so much to my life-- not because I have the perfect outlook (I totally do not) but I have had times when I felt like I had everything I needed. Then I had so many times when everything just seemed like it was just taken away from me and I felt like my world was crashing down. I found that part of getting through every situation is only done by getting through it with God's continual help and focusing just day by day. Looking up to Him and saying "Lord, I cannot do this on my own, I need your help." I truly don't know how many times I have said that prayer to God before to help me overcome things and get through them. Even though I prayed those words does not mean in any way that things went perfectly or went how I wanted them to, but God had a plan and it went according to His. And that is all that matters!
If you feel like you are in a hard time right now and you just need to feel content with where you are- let me tell you that you won't find it without God. We all need God's help to find contentment in this world. People will not bring true contentment to us, items will not bring contentment, neither will fame. They may leave us feeling content for a few moments, but that will quickly fade. True contentment comes from God and by asking Him to help supply your needs. It is often hard to feel happy and satisfied with the lives we live and remain feeling happy, we constantly want more and more....more friends, more popularity, more time....it never ends. Lately I've been just trying to rush through the days to get them over-with at college. I have to remind myself to use the time I have here as a purpose and fill my days with meaning and impact!
One thing I have found true though is looking to the past and all that God has accomplished with my life so far and being able to trust Him with the present. Knowing He will supply my needs and bring along the friends, popularity and time I need to fulfill here on earth. Don't go seeking contentment in things of this world or people...look to God. God to Him with your struggles and worries. He will help you and not forsake you! He loves you and delights in you!! He loves to hear from you and is always there! If you are trying to find contentment in this world, it is possible you won't find it here. We were not made to stay here on this earth, we are just passing through! But, one way I find the most lasting contentment is by helping others and encouraging them. Find something in your life that will last for eternity and that you enjoy and do it! It may help bring happiness into your lives and others!