Contentment


Contentment is a wonderful state to be in. Scripture recommends it highly and I can vouch for it, myself

…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4;11

The fear of the LORD leads to life;  then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 29:23

But godliness with contentment is great gain. …1 Timothy 6:6

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5

And a quote from Henry Fielding: “I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”

And William Shakespeare said this in Henry VIII: “Our content is our best having.”

And last but not least: Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Sunday.

Can Wanting Make It So?


You have to want to move beyond the circumstances of your situation. I don’t know who said or wrote it, but this sentence came to me at a time in my life when I was blaming circumstances for my situation at the time. Until facing the willingness to move beyond the circumstances, the situation remained the same. At that time it was a broken marriage.

Other people have difficulty with developing their faith, and stay stuck in that situation because of circumstances that limit their ability to believe. Realizing that the wanting to move beyond is the answer, opens the door to actually moving on.

Still others stay stuck in unsatisfying relationships because the circumstances keep them from wanting to move on.

Some people are forever in a negative financial position because of the fear of facing the first steps of whatever it would take to change that situation.

Wanting to move beyond the circumstances of any situation is the key to moving beyond. We have to want the outcome of a changed situation enough to move beyond the circumstances.

This has been one of the best pieces of advice to enter my life because it made me stop and think about how sometimes really wanting something can be a good thing.

Compassion


Compassion is to share with another whatever it is that circumstances are bringing to bear on that other.

It means  to be with, to share, to overlap, no matter how difficult or painful it may be.

Madelaine L’Engle