You will never enjoy what you could have until you enjoy what you do have.” –

If you have ever lost anything, you have experienced the discontentment that accompanies loss. Whether the loss of a loved one, money, pet or something of less importance, it is easy to focus on what once was and now is lost.  

I learned from Robert Schuller to not focus on what you have lost, but what you have left. The future is often clouded with the loss of the past. A brighter future begins with appreciating today. As you learn to appreciate what you have today, you will attract a better than good tomorrow.

The Apostle Paul said I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… (Philippians 4:11,12)

There is a vast difference between being discontent and dissatisfied. Dissatisfaction is born out of a desire for more that demands that you Be more. In fact, I believe God wired us to be Divinely dissatisfied so that we will keep pressing for more and find that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. (Matthew 5:6) Discontentment, on the other hand, is born out of ingratitude. Its focus is on what we lack or what we have lost that we think will make us happy.

Paul learned to be content, but that did not mean he was satisfied with everything that happened in his life. He pressed after God by pressing through his pressuring circumstances and found a peace that surpassed his understanding. Be Content today…but PRESS and you won’t be de-pressed by life’s challenges.

Be Grateful for the good things and the bad will have to submit to your Gratitude!

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