During the holidays, it’s easy to suddenly become discontented with what we have. Suddenly my entire extended family is hounding me for a list of what I want for Christmas (and my birthday, which is less than 2 weeks after Christmas), and while at first, I think “Oh gosh, I can’t really think of anything I need,” soon I’m seeing thing after thing and going “Oh, oh, I want that! and this! and that!” Enter a lack of contentment.
In honor of that, I would like to quote some wisdom I got from a wonderful book “Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow. In the first chapter, she writes about a woman that was a missionary and lived with the pygmies in Africa for 52 years but she never complained about anything.
Heat over 120 degrees? I thought Florida was bad.
When this woman (Ella) was asked how she stayed content, she gave the following list. What an inspiration. I challenge you to actually try following this list for the next month and see how you feel! I know when I started stopping myself from comparing my life to others’, I was much happier. Challenge accepted:
1) Never allow yourself to complain about anything—not even the weather
2) Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else
3) Never compare your lot with another’s
4) Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise
5) Never dwell on tomorrow—remember that [tomorrow] is God’s, not ours.