May 2017 proved to be a fantastic blogging month for me. The Devotional Guy blog, which first saw the light of day nearly four years ago at the end of 2013, reached new heights in views, visitors, likes, and comments. Yet, we can not stop here. We are not yet content with our portion. I want the audience for this blog to grow as our reader engagement builds. My heart’s desire is for this blog to flourish as the hands of time keep ticking and the days of the calendar continue turning.
Prayer: Lord, help me remain faithful in creating quality content consistently.
Throughout history, mankind has sought ways and means to assure that individuals have an equal opportunity to obtain their portion in life. Evidence of this is apparent in the key documents supporting the foundations of society in the United States of America. Foundational documents like the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence support the freedom to pursue our portion in life.
So, you’re telling me we have a chance?
You and I have a chance. We can pursue our dreams. The attainment or outcome of our aspirations are not promised or certain. But we have the right to chase after them. We can affect our portion.
Preamble of the U.S. Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Signed in convention September 17, 1787. Ratified June 21, 1788
Learn more about the Preamble and the entire United States Constitution here.
The Bill of Rights
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, strongly influenced Madison.
One of the many points of contention between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the Constitution’s lack of a bill of rights that would place specific limits on government power. Federalists argued that the Constitution did not need a bill of rights, because the people and the states kept any powers not given to the federal government. Anti-Federalists held that a bill of rights was necessary to safeguard individual liberty.
Living in America, we have the freedom to pursue our portion.
You can discover more insights into the Bill of Rights here.
The Declaration of Independence
Back on July 4, 1776, the Congress of the Thirteen United States of America, while at war with Great Britain, forged The Declaration of Independence, asserting their sovereignty and intent to free themselves from the dominion of their British rulers.
Many of us have at least some limited familiarity with the Declaration of Independence. Most of us have heard what most consider to be the backbone underpinning the document
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The Declaration of Independence
The original draft was completed by Thomas Jefferson, who authored the document as part of the “Committee of Five.” The “Committee of Five” consisted of Jefferson (Virginia), John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut. Jefferson’s draft was revised by the Committee and then presented to the Congress, where it underwent additional revisions.
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The Ten Commandments
In the pursuit of our passions, dreams, and our portion, we must resist the temptation to compare what we have and what we get with what others have and attain. The Devil lies within the details of the disease of comparison. Anger, jealousy, and bitterness stem from our instinct to covet what others have and what we lack. Always working for our good, God included the commandment to avoid coveting in the Ten Commandments that He gave to Moses.
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We are to be content with our portion.
Scripture teaches us the principle of contentment repeatedly. Here are a few examples:
Luke 3:14 New International Version (NIV)
Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.”
Philippians 4:11 English Standard Version (ESV)
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”
1 Timothy 6:6 New American Standard (NASB)
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
Hebrews 13:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
My encouragement to you is to live your life fully, remembering to laugh often along the way. Grow in your relationship with God, your Creator, who loves you more abundantly than you can ever truly know. Love others, particularly those the Lord has placed near to you and put in your care. Steward your time, your family, and your friends wisely, for we are not promised tomorrow. Pursue your dreams. In every circumstance and situation, be content with your portion.
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