You know that moment when you realize it is Thanksgiving week and you’ve forgetting the giving thanks part? Well, I do. It is just so easy to get caught up in the things to do to get ready for Thanksgiving, especially if you are the one hosting it.
Actually, if I were really honest, it is not just about a disconnect with the meaning of a holiday, but a disconnect with my heart to God. I get to doing a lot “for” God. I get to studying a lot “about” God. And, I forget to be just “with” God. Do you know what that’s like?
Right now I have a sadly-sick-four-year-old little girl, who missed school today, and is sitting on our couch. I told her we would find something Christmas-like to watch on Netflix, and now I’m feeling a wee bit guilty seeing she is watching something about reindeer. Why didn’t I think of finding something about Jesus being born? Geez.
About the giving-thanks part…I woke up thinking about this. No doubt, it is the Spirit’s prompting, always faithful to realign my wayward heart to His.
I turned to a book by Priscilla Shirer, who is an amazing writer. I read her words from Resolution for Women two years ago, and they have stayed with me. I re-read portions of “Part 1: Surprisingly Satisfied” this morning and it talks about discontentment. Discontentment and dissatisfaction is either a symptom or the culprit of ungratefulness. I’d like to study that a bit. Later.
By the way, I did not like what I was hearing from the reindeer movie, so Veggie Tales it is. But, I digress.
Here is a quote from Shirer’s book that I am loving this morning. Maybe you will, too.
Contentment serves as a guard against desires gone wild. It is the key to unlock you from the bondage of unrestrained longing that wells up within your heart and inevitably begins to control your life, making you a slave to what you don’t have instead of a fully engaged participant with what you do. It is the faith-filled belief that what God has bestowed now is worthy of gratitude and appreciation, not merely because it is enough but because it is good.
She goes on to say, when we choose contentment it is not because we ignore or try to get rid of our desires for something different. Rather, we put those desires in their place. She says it well. “You are demanding that they assume an appropriate, humble position in your life, not bossing you around like a tyrannical dictator…”
It means that those things that you long for do not control you, nor do they steal your gratitude for what is right in front of you, hindering you from enjoying what you have been given.
One last quote. This one I absolutely love. It describes a perfect balance, I think. Before you go, tell me in comments, what do you think?
In staying surprisingly satisfied, you actually receive the best of both worlds. You give yourself permission to enjoy fully the things you have, the person you are, and the life you’re currently living while continuing to harbor the dreams that keep you growing and stretching into the future.
Amen? Amen! And Happy Thanks-Giving!