There have been times when I’ve said I was content, but — really — I was apathetic.
Have you ever been there? Someone asks you about a situation or a relationship, and you realize you aren’t triggered or overly emotional about it anymore. Maybe you think to yourself, “Wow. I feel nothing about this. This is good.” Perhaps, like I did, you conclude: “This is contentment.” But deep down inside something isn’t sitting right. And the more you think about it, those feelings start to back up bubble again, so you push them back down and keep on moving.
That’s not contentment, friend. That’s apathy — a cerebral position of indifference born out of a desire to disconnect from the source of pain and/or discomfort. Apathy is a tricky coping mechanism; one that will keep you disconnected from real relationships and even from healing. Apathy will keep robbing from you as it keeps you unaware there is a better way to find joy in the midst of the most difficult of situations.
On this episode of The Positioned to Prosper podcast, we’re digging into the difference between real contentment and its counterfeit — apathy — and discussing what it takes to turn down apathy in favor of learning how to be truly content in any circumstance. Are you ready? Then grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Philippians 4:10-13 —
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 —
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
2 Corinthians 10:5 —
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
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About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.