Saturday, August 2, 2008

Contentment

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 4:03 AM
What is contentment? It's not settling, not accepting the best, not striving for better. Contentment doesn't mean that that we don't reach for goals or acknowledge that we might like some things to be different. Contentment means that we enjoy where we are. I look forward to the days when my children are more self-sufficient,when I have a book published, when I can stay home full time, but that doesn't mean that I'm not content right now. I love the developmental stages my children are in. They are so fun and still love to climb in my lap for snuggles. I am enjoying the working stage of my book and the small successes of getting one chapter completed at a time. I am grateful that I found a part time job that is a good job, in a good environment, and pays decently. I am content. It's not based on my circumstances (although I have to admit, they are good, if not my ideal), but based on the fact that I can focus on the positive. I also work diligently at keeping my focus on God and the fact that I can do everything through him, which Paul tells us is the secret to contentment. "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances...I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11b, 13. People with really good circumstances according to the world are often not content, yet many with difficult circumstances are able to live in a state of contenment. It's not a matter of what's going on or where you are, but rather a matter of where you focus.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Contentment

What is contentment? It's not settling, not accepting the best, not striving for better. Contentment doesn't mean that that we don't reach for goals or acknowledge that we might like some things to be different. Contentment means that we enjoy where we are. I look forward to the days when my children are more self-sufficient,when I have a book published, when I can stay home full time, but that doesn't mean that I'm not content right now. I love the developmental stages my children are in. They are so fun and still love to climb in my lap for snuggles. I am enjoying the working stage of my book and the small successes of getting one chapter completed at a time. I am grateful that I found a part time job that is a good job, in a good environment, and pays decently. I am content. It's not based on my circumstances (although I have to admit, they are good, if not my ideal), but based on the fact that I can focus on the positive. I also work diligently at keeping my focus on God and the fact that I can do everything through him, which Paul tells us is the secret to contentment. "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances...I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11b, 13. People with really good circumstances according to the world are often not content, yet many with difficult circumstances are able to live in a state of contenment. It's not a matter of what's going on or where you are, but rather a matter of where you focus.

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