The art of being content doesn’t come easily to us.
I find myself consistently obsessing over the fact that I have less than what I believe I need to be happy. And while I think that it’s a good thing to yearn for change sometimes, it is, for the most part, unnecessary, and ruins our joy of the present.
What if our minds were more trained to see the positivity in our lives? What if it came naturally to us to be happy with what we have, and to thank the Lord for all that He has blessed us with?
That’s the main point of this post: blessings – both the ones that we’re aware of, as well the ones we never even realize are there.
A few days ago, I was feeling stressed about and having anxiety over something in my life that is positive, but is less than what I’d really like. I was unsatisfied because it wasn’t enough to make me happy. When the Lord showed me what I was doing by putting the blessing in that light, my view of the situation instantly changed. He gave it to me to bless me, and the way that the situation is right now is enough – because it’s what He desires.
There are certain things about my life that I’m not happy about, but they’re all part of my life for a reason. Sometimes, the Lord orchestrates negative situations and puts us in them so that we will learn something, or achieve something, or simply draw closer to Him … for our faith is greatly strengthened through hardship. As we learn to lean on Him, our trust in Him grows as He leads us through difficulties. He never allows anything in our lives that we can’t benefit from through trusting in Him.
In the near future, it is my desire to be more thankful for the blessings in my life, both big and small. From my sweet baby sister to this wonderful blog, the Lord has blessed me even when I don’t deserve it, even when it takes me forever to see it. I desire to do a better job of thanking Him for everything He’s done for me – He deserves all of my praise and so much more!
What has He blessed YOU with?
You don’t have to answer this question in the comments unless you so desire, but I would love it if you could simply consider the question. In what areas of your life can you see His hand at work?