Finding Contentment

I read Our Daily Bread and Daily Guideposts on, well, a daily basis.  Today’s selections intrigued me, specifically being content with the provisions the Lord has provided.

In Our Daily Bread, two verses in the suggested reading stood out: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’  So we say in confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?’” (Heb 13:5-6 NIV). The entry in the Daily Guideposts recalled a conversation between one of the contributors and his mother. Although his mother had been hit with a health problem, she still steered her conversation towards all the good things in her life. 

I was intrigued mainly because I felt somewhat convicted.  I have always strived for more, almost like a rabbit chasing after an elusive carrot. I am guilty of wanting more - more money, better positions, more period.  These two readings made me think.  My needs have always been met.  I am healthy, I have a home, the only times I don’t eat a hot meal is when I am too lazy to prepare it, I am employed. In truth, I have abundance.  That is not to say that I don’t have my share of problems, as does everyone else.  Admittedly, sometimes it is very difficult not to dwell on everything that is going wrong in life. Today, I will make an effort to concentrate on everything right in my life.  I still have goals and will continue to pursue them, however, I will now put those dreams and goals into perspective.  Whether I achieve them or not, my needs are met.  I have love in my life.  I will learn to be content.  

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