I just love my hairdresser. I tell everyone to go see her if they want a stunning haircut or hair color, and now my best friends have gone or currently go to her. You just cannot deny how talented she is. I joke around with my friends that I’m surprised she still lets me sit in her chair, because every time I visit her she can expect me to say, “I want to go blonder!”
The last time I was in her chair, I told her that I want to dye my hair completely blonde. She’s so sweet – she smiled and said, “Well… I can do that for you, but it’s going to be a lot of upkeep and you’ll be in here for touch ups very frequently. I can make you full blonde, or we can just do blonder highlights.” Her honesty is one of the things I love most about her, so I agreed and went with blonder highlights.
I realized I really do have that “I want more!” mentality – in other words, I often have a spirit of discontentment. Sometimes it’s about hair color, but like I have the “blonde bug” and itch for brighter hair, I often itch for things on a “larger scale” as well.
If I’m feeling down, I go to visit my best friend and mentor and I pour my heart out to her. Just like I joke around that I’m surprised my hairdresser lets me sit in her chair, I have to say that I’m surprised my friend lets me sit on her couch as well. I cannot tell you how many times she has heard me say something along the lines of –
“Well… I’m very thankful to have a job that I adore and an apartment that I love. I have been praying about that for years. But now I want a husband… and maybe a year or so after I marry him… maybe I can have a baby!”
Slow down, Erin! I have to realize that I am only 21 years old.
In Philippians 4:12, Paul talks about how he has been through both the good and the bad (and he had certainly been through the wringer) but learned the “secret to contentment” in all circumstances. It’s something that needed to be pursued. Well, what is that secret, then?
Focusing on God. Trusting His provision. Trusting His plan. Resting in Him. Being thankful for what He has given.
I believe that happiness is a choice… and like Valorie Burton of Proverbs 31 Ministry writes, when I stop focusing on my “I wants” and instead focus on what God wants to do in and through my life, happiness and contentment follows.
So, I’m going to commit to following the instruction given in our verses for 2017 – Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). I am called to peace, and I’m going to live like it!
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!