Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Contentment in Today


Present Tense

It was spring,
But it was summer I wanted,
The warm days,
And the great outdoors.

It was summer,
But it was fall I wanted,
The colorful leaves,
And the cool, dry air.

It was fall,
But it was winter I wanted,
The beautiful snow,
And the joy of the holiday season.

It was winter, 
But it was spring I wanted,
The warmth,
And the blossoming of nature.

I was a child,
But it was adulthood I wanted,
The freedom,
And the respect.

I was twenty,
But it was thirty I wanted,
To be mature,
And sophisticated.

I was middle-aged, 
But it was twenty I wanted,
The youth,
And the free spirit.

I was retired,
But it was middle-age I wanted,
The presence of mind,
Without limitations.

My life was over.
But I never got what I wanted.

~Jason Lehman


Life is so short.  Let's live with a grateful heart for where the Lord has us right now.  The only way I know to do this is to be thankful for each day, whether it brings joy or sorrow, ease or trials.  Love the life you have, rather than always wanting something else.

"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
~Psalm 90:12


Linking to: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

18 comments:

  1. Such good words. Living a life of gratitude one day at a time - that is my goal too!

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    1. I found this poem in some papers (clipped from a magazine years ago), and it really impacted me. How often I am ungrateful for what I already have! Thanks for stopping by today, Lisa!

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  2. Thanks for the reminder! "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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    1. I needed this reminder myself! Thank you so much for sharing that lovely verse...one of my favorites. :)

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  3. Great reminder and words.

    Godliness with contentment is great gain!

    Deanna

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    1. That's an excellent verse! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deanna!

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  4. Amen!

    We're a society always wanting more...

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    1. Yes..I'm guilty of that myself. Thanks for visiting, Amanda!

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  5. Exactly! Thanks for posting this. It was a good reminder to be content and rejoice in what the Lord sends me TODAY.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I needed to read these words today myself, as I got up with a sore throat...I'm thankful for my comfy bed, air conditioning, kleenexes...:)

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  6. Thanks Joy - this is something I am always trying to embrace but find difficult. Lily. xxx

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    1. I know what you mean, Lily...I have a long way to go in consistently keeping a grateful heart and attitude. It's easy when life is pleasant, but when it's hard...then I have a more difficult time.

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  7. I remember reading this poem several times before, Joy, and it always makes me think. I love your exhortation at the end to take each day and live with a grateful heart for that day. Cherishing each moment . . . thanking the Lord for them. Thank you for the encouragement!

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    1. It's such a simple but insightful poem. Thanks for your comment, Sarah!

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  8. I just got this same very message through another thing. It is sooooooo important to learn. Yes we need to find happiness along the journey instead of waiting for it. If we wait then we will probably miss it. A very good post my friend.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))my SSiC
    In Him<><
    -Mary

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    1. Finding happiness in the journey...that's a great way to put it, Mary! Blessings to you!

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  9. Beautiful, Joy! We need to look for reasons to be thankful, instead of waiting for them. Thanks so much for sharing this. :)
    Hope you have a lovely week-end.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I hope you have a lovely weekend also!

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