Contentment is a virtue that I need to cultivate in my heart.
Contentment starts when I come to the Lord, to my Shepherd and He satisfies my whole being.
Contentment comes when I don't desire anything else but Him.
As I search my heart I must admit, that I am far from there. I still long for worldly things, for the present glory, for myself, for more, always a little bit more. More love from my husband, more attention, more from my children, more...always a little bit more...
A grateful attitude will sure help me fight this battle. When I stop and see how much I have that I do not deserve, I fall to my knees and praise my Lord, the fountain of all blessings, but the temptations around are real; the devil tempted my Jesus offering him "more". Jesus knew he didn't need more, He had it all.
Contentment and Gratitude hold hands together, they meet; and I pray that these virtues find a place to abide in me.
Let my song be one that says:
"Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 73:25- 26
So my Gratitude List continues....
I will be reading this week a small book entitled The Art of Divine Contentment, by Thomas Watson (c. 1620- 1686); may I invite you to come and join me as I learn about this virtue ?
Let the Word be heard and the Holy Spirit be our Teacher.
Abiding in Him,
The first part of my comments are here, The School of Contentment -part one-