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Balance and Contentment
By Victoria Osteen - Jul 10, 2012
When you think of the word contentment, what does it mean to you? Are you content in this life? Are you content in all circumstances? Some people get confused about the concept of contentment because they think it means they have to settle where they are, or just sit back and go with the flow. However, there's a huge difference between being content and being complacent. When you are content, you are satisfied; you're full. It's not that you aren't pursuing your goals or striving to reach new levels; you are just able to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.

For example, everyone knows that if you send a woman to the mall to buy a new sweater, she might stroll through fourteen different stores while she's there. She keeps her "mission" on the backburner of her mind, content to browse the stores and enjoy her journey. On the other hand, most men can't understand at all why a woman would spend all that time wandering around! A man's approach would be to get in and out of the mall in ten minutes. (Eight if he's been to that store before and knows his way around.) That's because most men are more mission-minded. They focus on the goal, whereas most women focus on the experience. The truth is, we have to have both. We have to be mission-minded and enjoy ourselves on the way to reaching our goals. When we learn to have balance in our approach to life, we will experience contentment in our journey.

One of the best ways I know to find contentment in your circumstances is to reach out and help someone else who is in need. There's always someone in your life that you can impact. There's always someone who needs what you have to give. When you turn your focus toward helping others, your own challenges seem more manageable, and sometimes, they simply disappear. That's because whatever you make happen for other people, God will make happen for you.

Today, I encourage you to find contentment in your journey by reaching out to others. Focusing on others instead of your own circumstances brings balance to your perspective. When you live in balance, you live in supernatural contentment and position yourself to be a vessel of His glory all the days of your life!

"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." (Philippians 4:12, NIV)
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