But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. I Timothy 6:6
The champion of awe and wonder in life is the Holy Spirit, and when He is dominating this boxing match of the mind, He is causing you to remember and thankfully recognize God’s providence in your life, especially in times of change and challenge. It’s called contentment, joy, peace, and happiness. Deep inside, the Holy Spirit prompts us to see all the things we have versus what we don’t have. My thoughts of thanksgiving gravitate toward the blessings of God, beginning with His grace and mercy toward me in Christ.
The Holy Spirit prompts these thoughts. Pause and take your pick of some of the these blessings: You have the blessing of His words in your life and how they have been a lamp for your feet — you have been kept from falling into innumerable ditches — you have the blessing of serving God in some big or small way — you have the blessing of being able to influence people with the faith that He has given you — you have the blessing of sitting on your back porch and observing the stars. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when we think of all the relationships he has given us.
For every blessing a thank-you is in order. What are the results of saying thank you on a daily basis? We begin to accept and appreciate life as it is. We stop comparing and feeling jealous over the life of others. We start solving the mysteries related to our restlessness. We gain increasing levels of contentment, we’re more willing to accept and work with the difficult circumstances that enter our lives, versus running or withdrawing. We feel more joy, peace and satisfaction.
One of the highest forms of spiritual warfare is also the simplest: stay grateful and content.
Thank you Father, for reminding me to chose contentment.