It is hard to be content. St. Paul said that he had learned to be content despite the circumstances, and let's fact it, Paul had CIRCUMSTANCES!
I find it easy to complain even when my circumstances are pretty good compared to most people. I am spoiled and like it that way.
I have noted before that there has been a ten fold increase in the diagnosis of depression and anxiety since 1900. Maybe the times we live in now are worse than back then. From 1900 to 1950 there was WWI, the flu epidemic killed over 20 million young people, a worldwide economic collapse put some 30% of US citizens out of work.
WWII killed 50 million people and the Korean War, the cold War and international tensions between the USSR and the USA led many in America to build nuclear shelters in their back yards. Stress? You betcha.
Let's face it, world conditions are not sweet and peaceful but life is much better now than in 1900. In fact, we live twice as long now as then. The lack of resilience. People in earlier times expected times to be hard and they expected to bounce back. They "Took a licking and kept on ticking."
Here is the ART of Peaceful living.
A-Adversity is real, daily and to be expected. Adversity is not God's punishment or always my failure. Resilience is important.
R-Renew my mind. Take Pessimistic Thoughts Captive.
T-Trust God. He will care for us.
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