For at least a week now the words contentment and thankfulness have been at the forefront of my thoughts. The two words have been popping up in my Bible reading and have been the motivating factors behind several decisions I’ve made this week.
I realized after a few days that these two words were closely connected and contingent upon one another to help us have whole and balanced lives.
We all want balance right? We all want to feel whole and at peace right?
There are so many things that can rob us of a sense of contentment. One correlation I’ve seen is when we long for what we don’t have rather than being thankful for what we do have.
It sound cliche even as I type the words. We know that coveting is the thief of joy, but do you also know it breeds and unthankful mindset?
When we covet what other have or are doing, we spiritually, mentally and emotionally reject what God has given us.
Instead of looking for the good in our lives, we see the lack, and the negative.
The internet does a great job of helping us be covetous. We get to take a peek into portions of people lives they want us to see and it can be easy to begin longing for their lifestyle over our own.
Today I want to remind you that your life is great and if you don’t believe it, you may not have been thanking God enough to see the goodness in it.
I don’t care how spectacular or how modest your home is, how big or how small your income, you will only be content with your life when you begin thanking the one who has given it to you.
We are breathing today because of Him and we often take such a humungous miracle for granted so imagine all of the little miracles we take for granted.
About a year ago I began thanking God for everything I could think of great and small. I thanked him for debts canceled, bills paid and my morning cup of coffee. I didn’t care. I didn’t take it for granted. I just thanked Him for the things I appreciated.
When I began doing that something changed in me. A deeper and longer lasting level of contentment was made available to me.
The more I thanked Him, the less I worried. The more I thanked Him the happier I was with my life.
Friends, it’s so easy for us to slip away from a lifestyle of thankfulness, especially when things are going good, but you have to be intentional about it.
It’s too important for you not too. We have an enemy fighting against us that doesn’t let up. He is on his job 24/7 working to destroy us so we must be on our job working to fortify our mind and spirit.
If we want contentment we must become more thankful to God for the things He is doing, has done and will do.
Throughout the Bible the people of God set up altars and places of remembrance in honor to God for the things He’d done for them. Thanking God is similar to an altar which works as a physical marker or reminder of something. I like to write the things I am thankful for and it’s always encouraging to go back and read through the pages of my Thankfulness Journal.
This could be your year to break the bondage of discontent and unhappiness about your life. If this has been an are of struggle for you I want to pray with you. Let me know your prayer request in the comments below. I have been where you are and am here for you.