Good morning, friends. In light of this being Thanksgiving week, I want to share some great devotionals with you from the book Joy For the Journey. My hope and prayer is that these thoughts will encourage you and help us all to stay focused on keeping a spirit of gratitude alive and well this week, even as the busyness of life presses in on us. So, here goes. This devotional by Marian Parsons really hits home:
Contentment, Part 1
“It’s our nature to see things and desire them. People have been struggling with it since God created the world. If we continue to crave the next best thing, though, we’ll never find contentment. If we find ourselves constantly wishing for and wanting more, perhaps we need to close the catalog and focus on all the things we have to be thankful for. There’s no better way to readjust our perspective and move to a place where ‘I want that!’ is referring to kindness, love, humility, and contentment.
When our focus is on being thankful, earthly treasures start to lose their importance. Suddenly our wish lists shrink, and we’re a lot more appreciative of what we have. That doesn’t mean we all move into cardboard boxes and start wearing potato sacks. The problem isn’t in what we own or how much of it we have but in how we view those possessions…
To be able to say that we are content no matter the circumstances is definitely a treasure that has great worth.”
I have learned to be content in whatever state I am. (Philippians 4:11)