Last Thursday was my grocery shopping day. I wanted to find a way to fund a few “extra” activities we having going on over the next 2 months and I had decided to reduce the amount we spend on groceries in order to do that. Is this called borrowing from Peter to pay Paul? Anyway…………..after an exhausting grocery trip where I spent several minutes in each aisle staring at the prices and trying to figure the best deal for each item I bought, I returned home. Can I just say that buying 2 weeks worth of groceries for 5 people is e x a u s t i n g? And the next struggle is finding space in the cabinet and fridge for all of the food. Frustrated by my lack of adequate space, I was struck by something. And then, for the next half hour of rearranging food, I had a complete conversation with myself. (It happens when exhaustion sets in).
I first shamed myself for being annoyed over the fact that we have enough food for 2 weeks. I realized that instead, I should be thankful. I then heard me telling myself that I should also be thankful that I have a nice house to put the food in. But I didn’t stop there. I told myself that I was darn lucky to have a husband who works so hard, and is an amazing provider among many other wonderful qualities. He works so that I can stay home and be mommy and teacher to our 3 youngest. And I really don’t even think that he knows how much I appreciate him. Well, I told him. And I plan to tell him again and again and again. And I want to show him how much I appreciate him by doing nice things for him, just because.
Being content is not enough. But being thankful, leads to contentment. I feel content. I feel thankful.
There are many articles and devotionals written about contentment. It is a pro-active decision to be made daily. What are you thankful for?