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Content or Should I Change?

E. B. Pusey said, "If we wish to gain contentment, we might try such rules as these:

1) Allow thyself to complain of nothing, not even the weather.

2) Never picture thyself to thyself under any circumstances in which thou are not.

3) Never compare thine own lot with that of another.

4) Never allow thyself to dwell on the wish that this or that had been, or were, otherwise than it were or is. God Almighty loves thee better and more wisely than thou doest thyself.

5)Never dwell on the morrow. Remember that it is God's, not thine. The heaviest part of sorrow often is to look forward to it. "The Lord will provide".

It does seem we spend a great deal of our time complaining about things and people and wishing they were different.

You wonder if anyone is content. If not, why not? I wonder how much of that discontent is pure habit. We have been in that state so long we truly do not no whether we are really content or not, we just like to complain.

I am trying to watch what comes out of my mouth. I don't want to be a negative Nelly, always complaining and I certainly don't want to wish my life away.

Maybe, if I look to see what I am not content in, I will find it is a situation of my own choosing, therefore, I can change that. If it isn't, then I need to determine what I can do to make it better.

Paul understood. He learned to be content in whatever state he was in. This I want to emulate.


Lord, Help me to change the things I can in my life. To put forth the effort neede. To learn to accept what I cannot change and find ways to appreciate it. Above all, help me to surrender these aspects to you to help me determine what can be done and what can't be done. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.


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