Have you ever noticed contentment creeping out of your spirit, and discontentment working its way in?
Recently, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of resting, not by choice, but rather on doctor’s orders. I don’t like to rest (another topic for another devo another time…), but I’ve been obedient. Instead of binging on some show that I could forsee putting trash into my head, I thought it would be save to stay on a channel about the home. Now, for many it would be, but after hours or hours of watching people look at homes, or renovate homes, I found myself wanting to make changes to my home. I started looking at my furniture differently, or finding myself wanting to make changes through my home.
Now while some creativity and inspiration in the home is a good thing, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. It’s made me discontent with the things God has blessed me with, and that’s not good.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:10-12, “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 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 truly want to be content. Part of that is learning not to compare myself. I can’t compare my life, my family, my home, my job, my car, my clothes…I could keep going. I think part of that starts with learning to be thankful.
Paul tells another group, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
As we start the month of November, I would encourage you to think of something every day that you are thankful for.
Today, if you have time, try making an “ABCs” of things you are thankful for, or maybe add to one you already are doing. For those of you who have never done one, you list off the letters of the alphabet, and then for each letter you write something you are thankful for starting with that letter. (i.e. A-Avocados – I don’t know why, but I’m thankful He created them. B – Brendan (my husband – I’m so so thankful for him.) Now you try!