A very wise man once told me the best acronym for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fear always whispers, “You’ll never be secure unless you get more…”  I know that all of us have thought this many times.  The problem is we all want happiness, but we don’t really know what that looks like.  Is it more time?  Is it in the accumulation of things?  How about the perfect relationship that we have pieced together in our minds.

Happy people don’t follow money or things or relationships, they follow their God-given passions.  On the outside, there are people that look like they have it all; money, freedom, friends, and family, but do they have the one thing that we really want most, happiness?  God’s Word talks about this when He said, “Man looks at the outward appearance…” (1 Sam 16:7).

Perhaps you are reading this and saying to yourself, “That may be right for others but I truly know I would be happy if I had ‘THIS!’ “.  The Apostle Paul explains it this way:  ” I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or everything.  I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or an empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:11-13).  When you pursue God’s purpose for your life; status, money, and things, they are only secondary.  Your real status symbols are salvation, spiritual growth, a secure home, special friends, and the satisfaction of doing what God called you to do.

Be blessed in His Presence,

Pastor Pete