Living a Content and Grateful Life
I saw another wonderful advertisement about Christmas and gifts yesterday. The gist of the advertisement was that kids should lie and exaggerate what they want so that when they get something lesser than what they ask for they will really get what they wanted in the first place. Thank you Verizon for such a lesson on morals and for advocating for moral decline in our children! More greed and manipulation is exactly what we need in this world.
The garbage that is on television is absurd and this is what we are subjecting our children to. Next time you are sitting and watching television stop and pay attention to what is actually being taught. Try to ignore the storyline so that you can focus on what is actually happening in the scenes and in the commercials. Let’s not forget about the garbage in the news either. Are the things that you notice when you stop to think about what television is teaching our children about life really the things that you want your children to learn, because I guarantee that they are soaking it all up like the little sponges that they are.
We cut our cable about five years ago now when we thought we were moving and when we ended up not moving we never got our cable turned back on. The level of peace in my own life changed dramatically as well as the level of contentment in my life. By not being barraged by messages about needing things or seeing people who seem to be happy that have it all my mind began to relax and eventually so did my immense desire to constantly buy things, things I did not really need. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m a spender and I still love to buy things, but now I save for the things that I truly desire.
When we learn how to be content our lives begin to change. One of the first things I noticed was that I was less stressed. I also became less agitated and I even became less impulsive. The contentment that I have learned and am still learning can truly only be found in the Lord. When we put our trust in God and actually live as though we put our trust in God our lives reflect a new understanding.
Hebrews 13:5 – “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’”
The only way to experience true financial freedom is to put your trust in God. Putting your trust in God means that you entrust Him with everything and know that if He wants you to have something then it will be provided to you in due time. It does not mean go out and buy stuff on credit trusting Him to provide in the future so that you can pay for it. Putting your trust in God means that you love Him and seek to honor Him with all that you have.
When we are discontent in our lives it changes our demeanor. We become less stressed, more agitated, and we put our focus on the wrong things. However, when we learn to be content we can start focusing on living with what we have, making the best out of our situation, and trusting God. We can start paying off what we owe different people and companies and we can start saving money and being generous when we come across people in need.
Hebrews 13:15-16 – “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
If we want to teach our children to be grateful for the blessings that they have then we need to be an example for them. If we want to show others what gratitude looks like then we need to be grateful. Part of this journey means that we must separate ourselves from the garbage messages around us that are trying to keep us stressed out and discontent in life, all so that we will buy their product. Once we learn to be grateful for the little things we have in life we will begin to learn to be content in all that we have and will be given in the future.
How you choose to live your life is completely up to you, but if you want to be content then you have to choose to be and take actions that reflect that decision. This life is short and we can either enjoy it and be thankful for each day or we can suffer through and pile more stress and discontentment upon our lives. If you are ready to start living a life of contentment then let us know, contact me if you want help, reach out to others around you who are already living a life of contentment, and study the Word of God.
May God richly bless you as you commit your life to Him and follow Him daily.