Contentment. We talk about it, but do we actually practice it? I have learned that contentment can change your whole perspective and be the key to have an awesome day.
Contentment: The Key to Having an Awesome Day
I thought I was going to lose my mind. We’d just got back from a trip, and suitcases and dirty clothes were strewn about. My publishing company needed a project from me ASAP. My grandma needed me to go to the grocery store for her, and I had a board meeting of all things. Oh, and did I mention my youngest girl whom I’ve nicknamed Tornado?
There were a few many times I wanted to scream. “Just give me five minutes, people, won’t you?!” But in the midst of my frenzied thoughts I remembered a few things.
We’d just had a nice weekend trip with our family.
- I get to work with publishing people . . . writing real books.
- My grandma is still alive. I can see her smile. I can hear her prayers for me. (Yes, sometimes I place my ear against her bedroom door in the morning when she prays.)
- I am blessed to be part of a non-profit organization that is serving the poorest of the poor in our community.
- Finally, after years of longing for a child, God blessed us with a little girl.
Instead of screaming, I prayed. Lord, help me. Give me strength and peace. I surrender my day to you.
Nothing changed, not really. But inside everything changed. Contentment began to grow in my heart instead of frustration.
So, do you want to make your day miserable? Letting troubled thoughts like these infiltrate your mind are surefire ways to beat yourself down . . . and slow today’s productivity . . . and make your life seem harder compared to everyone else’s. This is a sure way to kill contentment. Do you do any of these things below?
- Open your eyes in the morning and think of all you didn’t accomplish or complete yesterday.
- Jump to conclusions and feel unappreciated when your husband asks, “So do you have any plans today?” As if you didn’t have a huge to-do list every day.
- Push aside your Bible reading and jump into sorting that pile of laundry that taunts you from overflowing baskets.
- Remember what it used to feel like to wear your skinny, skinny jeans.
- Compare your kids to the star athletes and brainiacs your neighbors have.
- Compare your house, office, or yard to the awesome pictures posted on Pinterest.
- Walk the mall and point out all the things you wish you had money to buy.
(Don’t you feel depressed just reading that list?)
I’m guilty of replaying these types of messages in my mind and making my day truly miserable. Let me tell you: This is not the way to live life! You should find contentment with what God has given you.
Instead, here are some ways to make your day awesome!
- Thank God for whatever your day holds and ask for strength to get through your to-do list.
- Give your husband a hug and see if he has something special that you can help him with.
- Take time to read your Bible and ask the Creator of the universe to guide your day.
- Appreciate your health, and pray and ask God to help you in all areas you are weak.
- Hug your kids and tell them what you appreciate most about who God made them to be.
- Relax in your favorite part of your house for ten minutes and thank God for what He’s provided. Or pull a chair outside and thank God for the beauty of nature.
- Go through your closet and pull out clothes you haven’t worn in a while and take them to Goodwill. You’ll feel better knowing you’re blessing someone else through your donations.
I don’t know about you, but my day can go from feeling overwhelmed and cheap to feeling like I’m the luckiest girl in the world. It’s amazing how a simple change of thoughts can make all the difference.
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Andrea Cox says
Tricia, this one comes at a great time for me. I’m working on gaining contentment this year. Recently, I felt God replace my doubts and worries and stress with His peace and, yes, contentment. What an incredible feeling! But it goes beyond that. It’s more than just a feeling. It’s something I can hold on to when I feel anything but content. I know what it feels like now, how to obtain it, and am learning how to hold on to it. With God’s help, I will gain so much more than contentment this year. He is so good to me.
Tricia Goyer says
It’s something that God teaches me over and over again … and I’m still learning!
stephanie virsu says
great blog. it is amazing what a big change praising God and giving to others does.
Tricia Goyer says
Yes, so true!
What an excellent reminder! We have so much to be thankful for, when we slow down to actually be thankful! Thank you for this beautiful post, Tricia.