I love that you responded to my devotion, The Secret of Contentment, by sharing your own struggles and victories with contentment. It makes me feel normal. I wish I could respond to every comment, but I have to feed my family at some point. (smiles) Nonetheless, I have prayed for you who asked for prayer and rejoiced with those who have found sweet peace in the midst of their difficult circumstances. This I know, God longs for you and I to experience contentment. So tell Him your needs. Leave them in His care, and trust in His love to provide for all your needs.
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For the rest of you, here’s a short story about being content I thought you’d enjoy:
Philip Parham tells the story of a rich industrialist who was disturbed to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat. “Why aren’t you out there fishing?” he asked.
“Because I’ve caught enough fish for today,” said the fisherman.
“Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?’ the rich man asked.
“What would I do with them?”
“You could earn more money,” came the impatient reply, “and buy a better boat so you could go deeper and catch more fish. You could purchase nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make more money. Soon you’d have a fleet of boats and be rich like me.”
The fisherman asked, “Then what would I do?”
“You could sit down and enjoy life,” said the industrialist.
“What do you think I’m doing now?” the fisherman replied as he looked placidly out to sea.
Extra food for thought…
“Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Be content with what you have, never with what you are.
I had no shoes and complained until I met a man who had no feet.
Take time today to enjoy your life—warts and all!