Learning to be satisfied with what you have and where you are in life is tough. We live in a society that puts a lot of emphasis on making more money, moving up in the company and having nicer things. While it is nice to have all that, if you are never satisfied, you can never be truly happy no matter how much you have. You will always want more. I have found three steps that have helped me to be satisfied. I have found that when you are satisfied with what you have and where you are, life is not such a struggle to deal with.
1. Learn to trust God
This is easier said than done. What you have now is not based on what you have done. It is based on what God has seen He could trust you with. Scripture says, “You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities (Matthew 25:23 NLT).” God cannot give you more until you learn to be content with what you have.
To be content with what you have now, you need to recognize that what you have was given to you by God to be a steward of. That simply means, it doesn’t belong to you. It is all His and your job is to do with what you have for Him. Give and it shall be given to you. It’s a law of God that cannot be broken. Try it.
2. Control your thinking
How and what you think controls your actions and moods. When I wake up each day, I decide to choose my attitude. I simply pray what David prayed: This is the day the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice and be glad in it. Until you learn to rejoice in each day, your attitude and actions will be determined by the circumstances of your day.
Philippians 4:8 says that you should “fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Think about things that are lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and praise worthy (NLT).” Don’t let you mind dwell on the negatives of your day. We all have things that happen to us throughout our day to ruin it, changing what you think about will help you to be satisfied with where you are.
3. Focus on others
When we help others who are in a worse place than we are, it gives us perspective of how good we really have it. It is when we compare ourselves to those who have more that we become unsatisfied. Zig Ziggler found out this principle and and says it like this, “If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.”
Helping others is key to taking the focus off your circumstance. The Bible is full of people in leadership who took the time to help others. Jesus told us how to do it when he said, “He who wants to be great among you must become a servant (Mark 10:43 NLT). That simply means to do for others what you would want them to do for you. When you do for others, you will find no better satisfaction in your life. What can you do today for someone else? It can be as simple as paying for the coffee or food for the person in line behind you. Try it. See if it doesn’t make your day better.
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