How Are You Handling the Ups and Downs?

It seems there are very few people who are consistently content with life. It's more common to be up and down mentally and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently enjoying your life?

God loves us and has a good plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says His thoughts and plans for us are "for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome" (AMP). And John 10:10 says Jesus "came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)" (AMP).

It was such a revelation for me when I realized that God wants me to enjoy my life now, and not just barely get by, hanging on until I get to Heaven. It was also a life-changing revelation when I understood that my joy and contentment don't have to be based on my circumstances. In Christ, I can learn "how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am" (Philippians 4:11 AMP).