December 23, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Content Not Constrained

Artists can be very emotional & passionate people.  Their artistic expression can be an outpouring of that emotion & passion.  They often create from the extremes they experience in their life.  However, if they were constrained to create only from those extremes, their body of work they would be limited in what & how they worked.  Art is a discipline that is cultivated over time & practice.  It is an ongoing journey that can pull from both the good & bad times of one's life, but often exists in the in-between.  This allows the artist to develop their skills and artistic behavior so they are able to sustain their artistic endeavors no matter their season of life.  They are content to create because it is who they are, how they process, and the language of their 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, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:12-13

Our lives can, at times, feel like a series of extremes.  The highs are amazing.  The lows are devastating. However, it is in the day to day that we see the faithfulness of the Lord, and can develop our relationship with Him in order to make it through our times of extreme.  If we are constrained to praise him on the mountaintops or cry out to him in the valley....we are missing the beauty of a true relationship with the God.  He wants us to come to him with everything.  He wants us to trust him with everything.  He wants us to rejoice in the blessings.  He wants us to cry out to him in our pains & sorrows. No matter how big or how small the praise or the pain....he wants us to come.  When we develop this response of going to God in our daily life....we learn to trust him....we learn to rest in his arms.  Then...when life becomes "extreme"...we know where to go....we know what to do.  It is a part of our life....who we are, how we process, and the language of our life.  We can be content in knowing our the good times & the bad times. 

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