Tea ~ Chai Green Tea
Been reading about contentment this week. The definition of CONTENTMENT is – “a state of happiness and satisfaction.” The opposite of contentment being: disappointment, upset, unhappiness, depression, sadness, worry, misery, agitation. These things can then lead to RESENTMENT and bitterness.
What gives us discontentment? Comparing ourselves to others, not having what we think we ought, a sense of entitlement; what we DESERVE. What we feel we have EARNED. <—- Those are RESENTMENT, which by definition means “a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury.” That is selfishness. That is pride. We see it in ourselves daily – in our marriages, friendships, with our children and parents. I deserve…
Guess what, you are not entitled to anything. What we should delight in is an outpouring of thankfulness. It’s difficult to be discontent and resentful if out of your thoughts and mouth come graciousness & thankfulness.
“These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:3-8
In what ways this week can we be grateful and fight the urge to place demands on God and others in our lives? What we deserve is the nails in our hands and feet that Jesus took for us. Nothing else compares to that. We are loved, we are forgiven. And that DESERVES a lifetime’s outpouring of thankfulness!