June 7, 2016

Nail the Target

One of the inner critic’s most devastating lies is that “I’ll be happy when…” At different seasons in our lives that may sound like “I’ll be happy when I land that dream job,” or “I’ll be happy when my husband changes,” or I’ll be happy when I retire.” There are a thousand different ways throughout our lifetime that we could fill in the end of that sentence, but the danger is that it becomes a moving target that we’re never able to hit. We wind up spending valuable time chasing different circumstances or a new season, and we miss the beauty and joy of today.

While confined to a prison cell, the Apostle Paul writes “I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (Phil 4:11-13 Message) What he’s describing here was his ability to nail the target. Paul learned how to choose happiness by addressing the lie of his own inner critic and replacing it with God’s truth.

What has your moving target looked like in the past? How did it feel once the target came and went?

Have there been any seasons in your life that you look back on and wish you had enjoyed more? What could you learn from that perspective?

What is the moving target in your life today that is stealing your happiness? What would it look like for you to begin to choose happiness regardless of your circumstances or season?


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