Living a long life may include a lifestyle of faith, moderation, keeping busy and enjoying life but the key element to living a long life is living worry free. That doesn’t mean you don’t have problems is just means as Paul says to “be content in all things”.
Tips to living contented
- Fill your mind with faith and you’ll break worry habit because faith overcomes fear. When you are challenged with fear repeat three times “I believe”.
- Cut off problems in smaller bits one at a time. Don’t try to attack too much at one time. Get some small victories behind you.
- Pray “Today is yours Lord, me, my day, and my family. As long as I’m in your hands all will be good”.
- Allow only positive conversation and don’t participate in any negative or worrying conversation.
- Think good thought and allow no room for worry. Philippians 4:8 – think on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence and what is worthy of praise.
- Surround yourself with positive, hopeful people and contented people.
- The imagination is powerful. Visualize an image of yourself free from self-defeating thoughts.
Tips to end worry
- Start your day: spend fifteen minutes first thing in the morning filling your mind with God. See yourself living in partnership and friendship with Jesus.
- Throughout the day: when you find worries creeping in say “he is with me” and think on the beautiful things with faith.
- End your day: empty your mind of accumulated thoughts, worries and fears that obstruct mental flow and spiritual power. Believe your mind is free and thank God for freeing you from worry and fear.
Make a list of things that challenge your contented attitude. Pray over these and ask the Holy Spirit to help you give them to Him. Now that you’re aware of what can disturb your contentment you can keep an eye on those things and avoid them.
Books on contented living
Enjoy Where You Are on the Way to Where You are Going, Joyce Meyer
Strait Talk on Stress, Joyce Meyer
Peaceful Living in a Stressful World, Ronald Hutchcraft
Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach
The Secret of Contentment, William B Barcley
Bible verses to meditate on
Philippians 4:11 – Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (NLT)
Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)
Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV)
Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (ESV)
1 Timothy 6:6-8 – But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (NIV)
Philippians 4:12 – 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. (NIV)