Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Contentment in all things!

On Christmas day I woke up in a hotel and one of my first thoughts was about the staff who had to work that day serving us.  I wondered about them and how they felt about working on Christmas day.

I chatted to those I came across.  Some were negative (can't say I blame them much), some were realistic (need the job, put food on the table), some wore smiles and joyfulness despite the fact that they probably would have been happier to be at home with their families.


Then I made the usual telephonic Christmas wishes and the one with my dad was the saddest.  He is not born-again, living a life that has no victory, and feels everyone owes him and feels very sorry for himself.  He was bitter and negative and once my call was over I was very aware of the level of his discontentment!

Then we were off to other family for Christmas lunch!  There were various levels of contentment.  Joy to have family together, joy at being included and involved, the gifts were appreciated.  There was a little discontentment with some having expectations of the day not being met, but in general, much joy at being together.


So that evening as I lay in bed I tried to assess where on the contentment scale I am.  Paul says to be content in all things, in all circumstances, with much and with little.
Phil 4 v 11:  I am not saying this because I am in any need, for I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in.


I believe God brought the contentment or discontentment of others around me to my attention so that I could see how they reacted to or affected those around them.  It was refreshing to me to be reminded how being discontent affects your attitude, your joy or lack thereof, how it affects your countenance (awesome word).  I think being content is a gift that releases joy and inner peace.  Its something I want to try to be on a daily basis, content!



My encouragement to you is to try to be content wherever you are in your life.  If you are, the sun shines brighter, people seem friendlier, food smells and looks better, colours are sharper, and in general joy permeates around you!  

God bless
Tracy


Linking today with Shanda at A Pause on the Path for:


and
Joan of Reflections of His grace for:





21 comments:

  1. Being content with what the Lord has given me is always a struggle. No, I'm not always bitter, but some days, I seem to be more content than others. I guess that's only natural.

    This was an excellent post! Thanks for sharing it, as it was something I needed to read tonight.

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  2. I think contentment is something hard. It is sometimes difficult because our lives are often filled with disappointments.

    But He wants to lead us there, vevery day. By looking upon Him and listen to His Word in our hearts, we can being content ...

    I wish you a nice day.
    Here: rain, rain, rain...

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  3. This is the third time today God has brought to mind that I need to be content. I am content with most things but not my age and what I cannot do right now. I need to embrace every stage of my life and be content!

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  4. Hi Tracy,

    Many times I fall into a trap of discontent, when the enemy tries to rob me of my joy. But just like Paul said, we have a choice to be content in whatever situation we are in, and that is one of the most powerful weapons against the enemy! :)

    Great post!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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  5. Tracy,

    I have one of those of family memebers too and I see their discontent stealing their joy, their focus on themselves and what they think they are owed and the injustices that are being done to them. Content is alovely place to be, it reshifts our focus to Jesus and being obedient to Him, the things of this world are only temporary anyway.

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  6. Tracy
    Yesterday someone I rarely talked to asked me if I was content. No one ever asks that. I thought for a moment and said yes. No you write about it and I am thinking again. I am. Because of the Lord and what He has done in my life...I am.
    thank you for sharing this.
    Love you friend...Chelle

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  7. This is beautiful Tracy. We need to learn to find contentment in all things. Anger, bitterness, sadness, they build a wall between us and God. But when we are content we find peace and joy.

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  8. Tracy - Boy do I need to hear this word about contentment! So love how you said, "If you are (content), the sun shines brighter, people seem friendlier, food smells and looks better, colours are sharper, and in general joy permeates around you!" Great word today, friend! Also, just LOVE your new page layout! Blessings this 2012! ~ jen

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  9. Being content is a great choice to make! It is a tricky thing, though. I am absolutely content in the Lord -- I trust His plan for me and the reasons why He has me where I am. But, I must admit that I do get discontent sometimes at the "struggle". I wish things could be easier at times. I'm currently waiting upon the Lord for a confirmation to an answer to prayer. I "think" He has given His answer, but part of the answer is to wait. Ugh. While I'm waiting, it is so hard to be content. (Do you know what I mean?) But, as I wrote above, I trust His plan! I'm just gonna keep on prayin'!!

    Blessings, Joan

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  10. Hi Mara Wildflower - I know how you feel. Some days I'm content and others not. Its partly about getting the balance and also being content and thankful in the worst times. It takes a lot of faith to be always content. Still working on that one myself.

    Hi Jedidja - so true, disappointments in life definitely can steal your contentment. I think my mother-in-law has it right that contentment is a gift. Not always easy to maintain. Blessings to you too

    Oh Shanda - I am so there at the moment. Battling to even imagine fit, bones aching and creaking, health not what it should be, I feel so OLD sometimes and i also feel so discontent in that sphere. Certainly an area that I need to work on :)

    Hi Denise - I think you have hit the mark, its about choice. We can choose to be content! Great point

    Hi Kandi - amen, contentment does make you focus on Christ and the things of this world are temporary!

    Hi Chelle - its so good to be able to say that, content because of what Christ has done for you. Love you too friend

    Hi Jenifer - amen and amen. Contentment brings joy and peace, bitterness, etc builds walls. So true!

    Hi Jen, thank you, took me a while to find a look I could rest my eyes on long enough :) Its true when you are content you just see things better. God bless

    Hi Joan, you have so hit the nail on the head, sometimes the waiting is frustrating and that encourages discontent. AND its a choice!

    Ladies, you bless me with your comments. I appreciate it and am so pleased when I see you all here.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  11. Lovely post! Contentment is a choice. It's so easy to let our circumstances determine our contentment, but in reality we are in control of our attitude toward circumstances. Praying for your Dad to realize his need for salvation! Have a very blessed new year & I'm hoping we can get together in February!

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  12. Wow! What a good reminder. Contentment would be a great One Word 365!!

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  13. Saying a prayer for your dad...

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  14. This was so good! I am working on the content thing! I get busy and lose it on occasion (more often than not). Hope you are well.

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  15. Contentment is a learned experience! Your visit proves that there are varied expressions of contenment in the lives of others. Your dad is not happy and in his attempt to receive your greeting tried to pull you down to his level. We will pray that God will bring someone across his path to share Jesus with him. I understand as I have a sister that it is difficult for me to visit. I took her some things recently and she shoved them back at me with a not so nice remark. God knows, but it does hurt. He brings his peace anyway and his comfort.

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  16. It's a choice. I love what you wrote in the last paragraph, so true! :)
    I have a brother who is not saved. As I pray for him tonight I will pray for your dad too.
    Blessings to you in this new year:)

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  17. Great encouragement, Tracy, and a goal I want to aim for also - to be content in all circumstances.

    Many blessings!

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  18. Tracy,
    Your words echoed in my heart these words found in 1 Timothy 6:6, NLT:
    "Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth."

    Great post....great reminder~
    Thank YOU :)

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  19. Hi Maria - Thank you for the prayers for my dad. I appreciate that. And you are so right, we are in control of our attitudes.

    Hi JTP - hmm, I think you could be right there, great word for 2012, contentment.

    Hi Esther-Joy - thank you, so appreciate the prayers for my dad.

    Hi Hazel - so true. Its hard to remain positive in the light of such negativity, but as Maria mentioned, we are in control of our attitude.

    Hi Kristin - thank you, and I will lift your brother up in prayer

    Hi Lisa - I think I may just make this my 'word'for the year :)

    Hi Stacy - great verse, thanks

    Ladies, you bless me with your comments and i learn so much from you.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  20. "If you are, the sun shines brighter, people seem friendlier, food smells and looks better, colours are sharper, and in general joy permeates around you!"

    I love this thought! How much better to be content than wanting.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  21. Being truly content is a challenge at times. Great food for thought.

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