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Monday April 11: Appreciating What We Have

Scripture: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Epicurus, a Greek philosopher in the third century BC said, “If you want to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires.” When we desire less, we are more content with what we do have. Coveting puts us in a state of discontentment with an insatiable appetite for more, making contentment impossible. Those who are content enjoy what they have rather than complain about what they don’t have. They are joyful for what they have received from God knowing that all of life is a gift.

The apostle Paul writes, “Now there is a great gain in godliness with contentment…” (1Timothy 6:6). Our happiness is not dependent on what we have or own. Asaph, the Psalmist, had an intimate relationship with God who enabled him to be content with what he had provided. We would do well to meditate on his words:”Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing on earth that I desire besides you My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26).

Follow Paul’s directive in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you.” As you pray thanking God for all his blessings, especially the gift of his Son and his Word and Sacraments, you will find your heart and mind being filled with more and more reason the give thanks to our wonderful Lord.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your generosity to me. Help me to receive with a thankful heart. Amen.