People who are discontent with their lives tend to spread dis-contentment to others. (notice the dis on contentment).
If you spend too much time with discontented people, you might feel pulled toward their negative perspective.
Let’s be honest about it
Discontentment can sneak up on us — especially when maturity of life gives way to a spirit of melancholy. This can lead to a life of dis-incentive and an overall loss of motivation.
Diminished hope easily converts into a deflated spirit of resignation that (if not careful) gradually becomes justified pessimism or even dark cynicism.
Run with positive, uplifting, and encouraging people!
Avoid the infectious poison of dis-contentment. Try to redirect negative people toward God-honoring perspectives on life. If they refuse to see things from a godly perspective be careful not to adjust to their outlook on life.
Run with people who run with God 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).
- “…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
Moderately grateful people are not pursuing the will of God.
This is the same as a call to a life of extravagant 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).
Be grateful and love extravagantly!
There’s nothing timid or boring about this calling.
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?