We already live in the land of milk and honey.
Let all who seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee;
And let those who love Thy salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.”
PSALMS 70:4 (NAS)
A spirit of contentment is one of the purest expressions of gratitude we can give God for all He provides. So what’s with all of the long faces? The answer is we are part of a culture that celebrates discontentment. We package it in consumer friendly names like ambition, drive and even inspirational ones like purpose-filled.
Everywhere images flood telling us what we need: a smoother ride, a flatter tummy, a dream vacation, a better spouse. We’re always looking into the mirror or over our shoulder, in the chance we just might be missing out. There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of dreams, a longing to grow or a yearning to reach farther.
That is, unless it is fueled by a contempt for what we have today.
We already live in the land of milk and honey, the gift of God to his people. The fact we choose to speed by it all with our windows up and tinted is our choice, and one that leads to disappointment and ultimately depression. It’s no wonder we are so dissatisfied. Feeling run down. Dispirited. Because we’ve fallen prey to the belief that too much is not enough.
The glass isn’t half empty or half full, it’s overflowing. The blessings of each and every day are so prevalent in our lives they could never be numbered. Being rich in spirit has nothing to do with material wealth. Whether we are poor, rich or in between we each have an equal capacity for contentment.
The happiest people, the strongest marriages and families; they all have learned and practice the secret of contentment.
As it’s been said, it’s not about having what we want, it’s about wanting what we have. And it’s in the attitude of celebration that we honor and glorify the Giver of all gifts. So, let us drink joyfully from the chalice of today. Thanking God has never been so easy.
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