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Be happy with what you have.
May 10, 2011
Thank you so much for your warm response to my previous writing and for all your prayers, trust you will get just as much out of this one..
“Contentment is a decision to be happy with what you already have.” – Joyce Meyer
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
A few days ago I was complaining about my hair and instead of the person adding to or joining me in complaining about her hair too, she reminded me not to be ungrateful and mentioned a friend who had beautiful hair but recently lost it all (including her eyebrows and eyelashes) whilst receiving chemotherapy for cancer. I am thankful to have received this response instead of agreement, because I should appreciate what God has given me and be happy with what I’ve got. It is much better to appreciate the wonderful person you are and how wonderfully God has made you, than it is to focus on your shortcomings and troubles. I am not saying we shouldn’t talk to God or share our troubles and trials with friends who will pray with and support us when we are low, but we do have to be accountable to each other. We need to stop each other when our mouths start grumbling and complaining as God’s Word clearly tells us not too. James 5:7-9 “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” I am learning to rather say something like; “I am going through a difficult time or am struggling with this, please pray for me?” instead of sharing and repeating the whole of my troubles with every friend and being reminded of it again which will make me feel horrible afterwards.
A lot of times we look at other people and think that they have it much better than us and we want what they have instead of being thankful for what God has blessed us with. God has given each one of us everything we need in Him!! 2 Peter 1:3 NIV “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” He has a purpose and plan for us and He wants us to use what He has given us to bless others. God created us for a reason and He knows everything about us. There is nothing we can hide from God as He knows all the mistakes we’ve made and all the mistakes we are still going to make and yet He loves us unconditionally!! Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God our Creator is our Father who loves us and has a wonderful plan for us. He doesn’t want us to want and desire what He has given others; thus ultimately coveting, which is sin. Besides that, when we are discontented with our current we suffer the loss of our joy. Our enemy, Satan doesn’t want us to have joy and so bombards our fleshly minds with thoughts of discontentment, giving us many reasons to complain or be ungrateful.
The Word says; Neh 8:10 “the joy of the Lord is our Strength” and therefore Satan will use every opportunity he can to take that joy which is our strength from us. We need to resist the temptation and purposefully stop thinking like this, count our blessings and strive to be content.
Paul suffered greatly for Christ’s sake yet expresses himself like this; Philippians 4:11-13, I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
I believe our contentment is found in God’s presence and in relationship with Him. When we realise what we have in Jesus we are thankful and content and know that He wants to bless us. We learn to go to Him with our request and wait on Him to give us what we need when He wants to. When we wait on Him we ultimately find that He has the best for us in mind and gives us much more that we could ever have asked or hoped for if according to His will and plan for our lives and in His timing. He is our Father and good parents want the best for their children. Remember: Our Father God is the BEST father.
I have made a commitment to stop complaining and focus on all the positive and wonderful blessings in my life. And when I am counting my blessings, I always find that there are so many! We all have so many blessings in our life and wonderful things that we can be grateful for. We should spend our time thinking about these things and thanking God for them. I start my day firstly by thanking God aloud for all the “basic-, easy-to-see-things” and that immediately puts a smile on my face. How can we expect God to give us the other things we want if we are not thankful for what we already have?