"Happiness isn't wanting what you can get, but wanting what you have"
This quote was taken from a book I just finished called "The Judgement" by Beverly Lewis. She writes Amish fiction. I am fascinated by the Amish. I really try not to stare when I see them. I'm not judging or looking in disgust.....I am just genuinely intrigued. I would love the opportunity to sit in the corner of their houses and just watch the everyday hustle and bustle that is an Amish life.
Anyway, not the point of this post :) This quote really hit me last night when I was reading this book. I thought, wow....that really is the point to being content in life. In the quest to simplify our lives we are cleaning out, selling, giving away...whatever it takes to get down to having only the necessities (and less bills). It feels wonderful!!! It's so nice to not worry about finding money for this bill or that or having to set aside money (that should be saved) to be ready to purchase our 'next big thing'.
I have been on an incredible self discovery journey since starting my home biz. I am finding that what I thought made me happy, doesn't. What I thought was life's purpose, isn't. Where I thought I wanted my life to go, isn't the right place. I am happy and content with my place in life right now. Of course, there are days where I think I want a job outside of the home. There are days when I would love to have more children. There are days when I think everything in my life is wrong. But, it's not. I have healthy, happy children. I have a wonderful hubby (aka best friend in the world), I have a modest but warm and inviting home. My air doesn't work in my car, but it gets me where I need to go. My children are seeking and trying to please the Lord (what could be better than that?).
Just because you can have something doesn't mean you should have it. There are a lot of things that we could have, that would just deter us from our goal of simplicity, therefore not helping us in the long run.
A thought that is constantly with me on this journey of self discovery and improvement is this:
'Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content'
And the secret to true contentment is to 'want what you have', and trust God to fulfill your needs (notice that's not to fulfill your wants).
Are you content in your life? Do you feel that you have to have this or that and then you will be content? What are you thankful for?
(a day late :), oops!
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