One thing to do when you wish you were happier

12:51 pm Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments


A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (MSG)

I let my fingers find my husbands as we walked along the pier. 

We spoke about contentment. 

We talked about what it meant to us. We wondered at friends of ours who keep moving cities but never seem happy no matter what their address says. We mused about whether they are discontent because of their inner selves rather than their surroundings. 

And we didn’t have answers. 

But we were okay with that because we’re learning that there is so much in life which we don’t have answers for. 

I thought about German proverb I read recently which said, 
“When you're happy don't wish to be happier.” 

And I thought about the women in South Africa who have so very little but still laugh with their friends as the walk to their tiny tin house. 

And about how I must never let the things I want make me forget the things I have. 

I love how the message puts 1 Timothy 6:6-8: 
A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.

Together, we paused at the edge of the pier and watched the ocean pulling and pushing in an endless rhythm. 

And I was content. 

I stood there trying to figure out how to stuff that moment into my heart, to carry it with me constantly so that my heart learns the rhythm of leaning into God for what I need today, and being satisfied with that. 

But I didn’t know how to do that, so instead I did the one thing I know works when I wish I am happier, I offered gratitude and let me heart whisper, “Lord, thank you for bringing me to this place.”

Ponder: What keeps you from being content with your circumstances right now?  

Prayer: Father, give us this day our daily bread and help my heart to know that is enough. (tweet this)

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Photo Credits (Creative Commons): Pier: Dean Cothill | Sky: Gratisography | Heart: Magdeleine.coDesign: Wendy van Eyck

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