18. The bricks in our lives (11)

I truly believe that one of the key ingredients to being truly happy is being content with what you have and who you are. It is also one of the most difficult things to do. In our society today all people tend to want more all the time. It is very difficult to reach a point where enough is enough. I think in our materialistic world it is advertised to us that we need more to really be happy. If we have this car we will be fulfilled, if we have this ring we will be so happy, if we have this house we will live happily ever after, if we have this handbag people will look up to us. And you know what, it is all a lie. The opposite is rather true, you will find fulfillment with what you have if you are happy within yourself.

Now I am not saying don't ever buy something nice for yourself (I love shopping when I have a chance), I'm not saying stop striving to be the best you can be. If you do your best and you make money in the process then that is great. All I am saying is that you shouldn't find your happiness in them. Sure it is nice to drive a new car, it does make you happy for a while, until the next model comes out and you realize that yours isn't that nice anymore. Then you immediately contact the car dealer for the latest model to make you happy again. For a while, until the process repeats itself again.

Trying to keep up with the Jones's is tiring! There will always be someone richer than you, always someone more beautiful, someone more successful etc. True peace comes when we can accept the fact and be grateful for what we have. You will find a load coming off your shoulders. You are okay just as you are. I realized the other day how we can 'hurt' God, by being ungrateful with the gifts He has given us. We are so quick to tell Him that we actually wanted the gift He gave to someone else. It is like a slap in the face. God deserves our heartfelt gratitude, because He looks after us.

Take a piece of paper right now and write down at least 5 things that you can be grateful for. I am sure that once you get started, you will write down more than 5. Now take this piece of paper and put it up somewhere even if it is in the inside of you closet and thank God for those things every day. Soon you will be adding things and the moment you feel the spirit of envy creeping up on you, read those things out loud and thank God for it. Have a Spirit of thanksgiving, the Lord will smile at you.

Thank you God for being a God of more than enough. We apologize that we are not grateful as we should be. Please forgive us Lord, you have blessed us with so much. Thank you very much!

Amen

 

3 comments for “18. The bricks in our lives (11)”

  1. Gravatar of TanTan
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:42:45 PM

    Dankie dat jy my weer herinner aan die Ware fokuspunt van die lewe! Ek kongoed vereenselwig met die wisseling in karre...:-)
    Jou webblad is fantasties en jy doen uitstekende werk!!! Hou so aan!!!!

  2. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Monday, July 25, 2011 at 12:17:58 PM

    Your theme on Bricks in our lives were well thought out, practical and inspiring. Keep it up!

  3. Gravatar of ChristineChristine
    Posted Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 9:42:11 PM

    Thank you Ilze for this article. It is so true! Thank you for making me realise again, what matters most!Fabulous inspiring!

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