Contentment is something I find myself struggling with every single day and if you will recall, being content was the only resolution I set for myself at the beginning of the year.
Unfortunately as this year draws to a close, I still find myself struggling to be content.
Whether it is my house (my kitchen is too small, my house is not organized and my couches are old and ugly), my appearance (if only I could lose just 3 pounds, I have zits and wrinkles and my wardrobe is so plain) or the job I am doing as a mom (my kids aren't helpful enough, kind enough, respectful enough).
I never feel satisfied with the way things are.
The article lays out these five principles of contentment from the first chapter of the book:
- Never allow yourself to complain about anything — not even the weather.
- Never picture yourself in any other circumstance or someplace else.
- Never compare your lot with another persons lot.
- Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
- Never dwell on tomorrow — remember that tomorrow is God’s, not ours.
So I am going to strive to spend the last 6 weeks of the year following the above principles.
And I am going to try to turn my complaining into thanking God.
In the last two days for example, I have turned the following complaints into thank-yous and my attitude is already changing:
Old: I wish Dan didn't have to work late - again.
New: Thank you God for Dan's job. Through it he is able to provide everything we need.
Old: This kitchen is so small nothing fits in here!
New: Thank you God for my warm and cozy home. We are so lucky to have a house when so many don't and we are lucky to have food when so many are starving.
Old: My kids are driving me crazy!
New: Thank you God for the gift of my kids. They are healthy, smart, beautiful and energetic.
What a whiney, selfish, unthankful brat I have become in my old age. No wonder I can't find contentment. I'm too busy complaining.
And just in the last two days, as I have started praising God instead of asking him to changes things, I have felt more peaceful, more satisfied - more contented.
I have six more weeks until the new year, and I think this year I have a chance at actually accomplishing my resolution!
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
(And I can't wait to get that book!)