Practice Gratitude and Embrace Contentment – Beloved Women - April 19, 2019
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. - Philippians 4: 12 NIV
Does it seem like you never have enough? Do you feel like you are constantly bombarded with thoughts and feelings of needing more? This world is not designed to make us more satisfied with life. In fact, it does the exact opposite.
If we look to the media, the culture, and our own fleshly desires, we will never be content with what we have. Contentment, however, is a beautiful thing when we embrace it. The sometimes difficult truth is we already have enough. If God never does another thing: no dream fulfilled, no new house, (or clean one for that matter), no life free of issues, we will still have a lot to be thankful for.
To live a life of gratitude we have to practice contentment. As we do, our gratitude crowds the space discontentment occupies. This is the place the apostle Paul described when he said,“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.” (Philippians 4:12) I encourage you to embrace the beauty of living a content life.
Dear Heavenly Father, Please help me to choose to be contentment no matter what I have. Help me to be filled with gratitude for all the blessings You have allowed in my life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
How might you exercise more gratitude in your life?
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Originally published Friday, 19 April 2019.