It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Chapter 2, Page 13, Book 13
Nine Requisites for Contented Living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good isaccomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
Johann Wolgang von Goethe
Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied. Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing
When we cease making comparisons and instead willingly embrace our current lot in life, welcoming all that God will teach us through it, we will finally unearth the secret of true contentment. It is not merely having what you want, it is wanting nothing more than what you already have.
Every now and then I do tend to dream a little but I don't think that really makes me discontented. I'm satisfied with things as they are. I think that if we live our lives every day so that when tomorrow comes we still feel good about life, then we are content.
I don't think there is anything wrong with setting goals or trying to better ourselves. Life constantly changes so we too have to make changes. If we look at what is right in our lives, then we know the things to build upon. Counting our blessings and giving thanks is very possibly the best way I know to be content.
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should Psalm 90:12