Wednesday, October 27, 2010

But Godliness with contentment is great gain...

The other day while reading I came across this list of suggestions for having a contented attitude. I'm afraid I fail regularly in just about every one of these:-(...though in my opinion the first is the easiest. It's relatively easy to control what we say, but gets much harder when it comes to thoughts and feelings which are what the last four deal with. Still it does give me plenty to think about, even if it's only how far I still have to go!

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

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

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

4.Never allow thyself to dwell on the wish that this had been, or were otherwise than it was, 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."

~ from Secure In The Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot

1 comment:

  1. Love love love Elisabeth Elliot! I have endeavored to apply those very suggestions to my own life and everyday experience. It makes for a 'sweeter' walk with Jesus for sure!!! Thanks for posting for others encouragement and ours!

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1