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14 July 2010

pp Crowded In Ponies Abstract Equine Art Horse Mixed Medium Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

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See Slide Show below of the painting.

Crowding In Ponies
24" x 24" (61.0cm x 61.0cm)

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Slide Show of the painting:

Do you find yourself often never satisfied?  The truth is despite the feeling of not being satisfied, you need to find contentment.

Look at all the famous athletes out in the worldThey play to win and are motivated with a passion to play.  What rocked me this week, and I don't know his name as I don't follow basketball, but I do know he left Detroit for Miami and his reasoning was not to play a better game of ball but it was to WIN.  Last time I was involved with students and games or sports, winning was secondary.  The joy once again was the journey or how you played the game.  You could play it for fun, for learning, for competition, but enjoy what you were doing.  

I suppose this player got tired of loosing with Detroit and I do not even begrudge his changing teams; it caught me off guard when it came across the news that he left to play to WIN. He was tired of losing.   I truly wish he might have phrased it differently.  That my friends, is hard to explain to a 10 or 12 year old.  Wish he might have been quoted as wanting to play with a more competitive team offering the opportunity of championships.  Words, part of the word game.

To weave this into a lesson spiritually is to look at Paul. He was driven to excel and reach out for Jesus teaching others... and he learned spiritually to find a balance.  While it is often hard to be satisfied with your own spiritual progress and relationship with the Lord, be content to be there in Christ right now and trying to build the relationship.   Paul pressed on to his goal even while in prison. He wrote of being content with the circumstances that had occurred and trusted God's plan.... yet in the same breath he was committed to pressing onward in his relationship with Christ.

Learning to balance our contentment with a desire of excellence is important to spiritual growth and in every day growth in our lives. It is important with relationships here on earth.  For example, often in a marriage after many years, you grow content and you do less for the relationship.  It is so important to keep pressing on to care for the other person and keep that relationship advancing inside that contentment.  

Give your life in commitment to God; be content as you strive daily to strengthen that relationship with Him.

 "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
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