Monday, October 11, 2010

The Satisfied Life

Life can be hard!

People strive for whatever they feel will satisfy and they are willing to work very hard to get it. I watch them walk by with empty eyes, frowns on their faces, hurried steps. They have no time to look around them. They are focused on their needs and wants, because it is in these that they hope to find happiness and satisfaction.

I watched a portion of Home Makeover last night. They featured a family of seven people living in a house that was ready to crumble around them. They used paper plates to eat on because their kitchen cabinets could not hold the weight of regular plates. The support joists under their home were crumbling from termite damage. Their children shared one bedroom between five kids with two bunk beds. They had one bedroom closet between them.

Regardless of these things, the parents were infectious! They were the epitome of joy! They aimed to make their own home a happy one; teaching their children the happiness of family. They helped people with marriage problems in their spare time. They had very little, yet they laughed at their problems and wore a smile in the worst of situations. Really, it was what it was, but they made the best of it!

It made me realize that it isn't in receiving that we find true happiness. It is in choosing to be content and by helping others out, in loving and laughing without boundaries and in being thankful.

We forget to be thankful for what we have because we're so focused on the 'more' that's out there.

The strange irony of life is that satisfaction does not always come from receiving; the one with the most toys doesn't actually win because it is never enough. There are always bigger and better toys. It's a never ending cycle.

True satisfaction comes from giving! It may just be a smile, a hug, a cup of water, but it could mean everything to someone, and that will make both of you happy. Perhaps it's a gift of money or of time--whatever it is, it will bring happiness, though you're giving it away.

Our example in Christ is one of giving without boundaries. His life in exchange for ours. Not because we deserved it, but because He loves us. He exemplified joy and thanksgiving.

Maybe it's not so much about things...but more about how we see things, and how we treat others.

Just pondering...

1 Timothy 6:9-11

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  1. This was perfect for me to read today, Carmen! My Google page had a quote from Louis L'Amour that no one moves forward in this world by being content and I thought about how unBiblical that statement was. Contentment is Biblical but soooooo counter-cultural! Thanks for this post. I'll be thinking about it today.

  2. It amazes me how the world thinks sometimes. I'm glad God blessed you on this post! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! =D

  3. I wrote a comment and it didn't take!! Ugh. ANyhow-- I relate to this so much. Am learning to be content where I am. Not always easy.

  4. Carmen,
    I didn't see that episode, but I know what you're talking about. I experienced that "joy by choice" attitude when I was in Haiti. Those people had every reason to be sitting in a heap, crying their eyes out, yet they were joyful. I never encountered such an infectious spirit.

    As Paul wrote from prison, joy does not depend on our circumstances. As much as my mind nods in agreement, my heart has such a hard time stepping outside my circumstances. As Terri said, it's not always easy.

    Blessings to you!

  5. I struggle with contentment too! Living in a society with so much stuff is a temptation in itself. It's so easy to lose focus on what's important in such surroundings!

  6. If only we(I) could see things and people "with eternity's values in view," as the worship song says. It's all about perspective, isn't it?

  7. I agree Glenda! Though the problems of each day are very real, we should see people and situations from an eternal view! Something for me to remember too!!

  8. Carmen,
    Thank you for your very insightful and beautiful expression of what brings true satisfaction. I know God has given you the gift of encouragement, and I pray He will bless you abundantly as you continue your ministry to others. Thanks again, for the encouragement you have give me.
    Your sister in Jesus...

  9. Carmen,
    Thank you for sharing your insight so beautifully about what brings true satisfaction to our lives. I believe you have the gift of encouragement and pray that God will bless you abundantly as you continue to serve Him. Thank you again for the encouragement you have been to me.
    A sister in Jesus....


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