People who are discontent with their lives tend to spread dis-contentment to grateful people.
If you spend too much time with discontented people, you might be tempted toward their negative perspective.
Discontentment can sneak up on people when maturity gives way to melancholy and an overall disincentive or loss of motivation.
A life of diminished hope easily leads to a kind of deflated resignation that can slowly become justified pessimism or even dark cynicism.
Run with positive, uplifting, and encouraging people! This will help you avoid the infectious poison of dis – contentment. This is like saying, “Run with people who run with God. Why? Because God calls us to be extravagantly grateful!
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ” (I Thessalonians 5:18). Spirit-filled people are “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
A moderately grateful person is not doing life in the will of God.
Try to redirect those who are negative toward a God-honoring perspective on life.
This is the life of love because, “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (I Corinthians 13:7). Another translation says, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (NLT).
A call to contentment and gratitude is a call to – “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us…” (Ephesians 5:2)
Extra thoughts to encourage
- “…the rhythm of divine renewal beats in the pulse of a purposefully grateful heart” (Ellen Vaughn, Radical Gratitude).
- “Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” (G. K. Chesterton).
- “We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is ‘good,’ because it is good, if ‘bad’ because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country” (C. S. Lewis).
What are you thankful for today?