If your desires be endless…

I’ve noticed something. Maybe you have too.

It seems that the more comforts people have, and the more money people have, and the more trinkets, toys and gadgets people have…

The more they want.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that when you focus on how much you have, you also focus on how much you don’t have!

In the 1600’s Thomas Fuller said that “If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be too.” What I think he meant was that if you keep wanting more and more, you’ll have more anxieties and fears in your life, perhaps because it’s all an attempt to gain more and more control (something which, by the way, you can never achieve).

Bottom line? The more content you are the more at peace you are. Maybe not 100% of the time, but certainly a lot of the time!

So if you struggle to be content, and if you also struggle with the worry and fear that goes along with trying to give yourself a kind of security you can never actually achieve, you may want to try this.

Every time you wish for something you don’t have, name one thing you’re thankful you do.

Simple, right?

So let’s say you see your friend’s new iPhone and get down about your Blackberry from 2010. (No offense, Blackberry.) Or maybe you see someone else’s picture-perfect graduation photos or super-meaningful job. What do you do?

You consciously name something you’re thankful you DO have. Maybe it happens when you’re in the car, gym or trying to fall asleep.

Wherever you are, name it.

Hebrews 13:5 says, “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’”

Wanting money and stuff is countered by the reminder that God will never fail or abandon you.

Every time you wish for something you don’t have, name one thing you’re thankful you do.

By Matthew Ruttan

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