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11/7/2018 1:20:00 PM
Back Before Everything Became Automatic

Lacey Leonhardt
Lincoln Herald Columnist

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13

I believe we can all say we have heard or read this verse at least once. Whether we saw it on some cute coffee mug or a friend sent it to us during tribulations, we all especially recognize that last sentence- "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." And as much as I love that, the thing that really captures my attention in these few verses is the word "content."

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Lately, I have been thinking about what I want for my future. Which, you would think at 26 I would have that figured out by now, but with each year I learn a little more and more about who I am.

Specifically, I have been contemplating where I want to live. The type of home I want to settle down in and have a family. And with each new day, I just want to go back to the way I was raised. On open land. No busy streets or neighbors. Just peaceful views, with a large front porch and animals in the backyard. For me, it's somewhat humorous because I remember being in my teens and thinking, “I can’t wait to get out of this place.” I was so eager to have that “city” life like on TV. I wanted the name brands, the big house, the fancy car, etc.

While instead my childhood was spent checking the chicken coop for eggs with my mawmaw, or catching lightening bugs with my sisters. Now- I would give anything to go back to those simple times. Times where I was completely satisfied with the "little things". And I started to wonder, at what point did my mind change? At what point did I ever think this wasn't enough? At what point did I become discontent with what I had?

The older, and hopefully smarter me now, realizes that this simple way of life that I took so much for granted, is exactly what I desire for now. The exact atmosphere I want to grow old in. Exactly where I want to be.

Sometimes we tend to let life get the best of us. We lose who we are and what we believe in. Society attempt's to convince us that this "keeping up with the Jones's" lifestyle is what's important. We've let the world dictate what a "good life" is based upon the type of home or car we own. Or what validates who we are and our worth. And it's easy to get caught up in. But the more I step back from reality and re-connect with who I am, I see that my sights have been set on achieving the wrong accomplishments in life. I see that the things I once valued, did absolutely nothing for my soul. I see that there is such fullness and joy in contentment and simplicity.

“It all just seems so good the way we had it, back before everything became, automatic.”

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