Due to my computer/internet
nightmares issues, I wasn’t able to post the idea I had for my New Year’s Resolution. So now that you’ve had some time to recover from being over saturated with every other post about resolutions, you can read mine without severe nausea.
A new kid on the block.
I heard on the radio about instead of doing a New Year’s resolution that we’d probably fail or break in a few months if not weeks or days, but doing a themed word instead. I plan on using my word and blogging about it every week and using a different take on the word each month or so. Sometimes an aspect of my word will need more exploring (and more work) than just a month, so I will take a bit longer on those tougher aspects.
My word that I chose to focus on this year is Contentment. This is a HUGE issue for me, besides the obvious. There are tons of ways for this concept to be applied to so many aspects of my life and thoughts.
For this month, and probably longer I want to focus on the aspect of Contentment as it applies to material things. I have this bad habit (and I know I’m not alone!) of wanting things. Wanting some things isn’t a bad thing, but I often find myself wanting something new/different thinking that if I have it, it will make me happy. Then I’ll get that thing, and yes, I’ll be happy for a while, until I start thinking about something else that I think will make me happy. It isn’t the fact that I ever get “unhappy” with these things, but that I don’t stop to appreciate them before wanting something else that I think I REALLY need.
This is SUCH a hard area for me! What makes it even harder sometimes, is that I might really NEED something, like a working computer. Then I start to look at new computers and new laptops thinking that a faster, flashier, more powerful computer will make my life as easy as a floating cloud on a summer day. Well, I tend to forget that my laptop, while old and cumbersome, and lumbering as a Clydesdale, still works even though its slow. I don’t really need a new speedy million dollar Thoroughbred, though they are really quite attractive. On a side note, if anyone wants to give me a Thoroughbred (computer or real!) I won’t say no or complain.
So this next month, or two, or three I’ll devote to trying to find Contentment with the material things I already own and have and not lust after the greener pasture next door.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5
God is always right on isn’t He? Such a hard and noble concept. One I’ll be working on for a long while yet.