TAKING INVENTORY

Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. [Philippians 4:11-13 (MSG)]

 

shack-Vermont100_3145webWhen we go grocery shopping, we take an inventory of our cupboards to see what is missing. That’s fine when we go to market, but it’s not a wise policy when we assess our lives. How much time do we spend thinking about what we don’t have instead of being thankful for what we actually do possess?

When a friend took me on a tour of her magnificent new home, she kept mentioning the furniture that still hadn’t been purchased, the incomplete landscaping, the bare walls waiting for pictures, and the other decorating that needed to be done. She seemed oblivious to the fantastic view, fine craftsmanship, and all of the beautiful new things that already surrounded her. I was struck by how little she was enjoying what, for most of us, would be the house of our dreams. Where was the enthusiasm and joy one would expect her to have? In the midst of this home worthy of a spread in House Beautiful, she could only see what was lacking.

But then, are any of us that much different? It is incredibly easy to focus on what is missing – be it money, phone calls from the kids, granite countertops, compliments from the spouse, or premium channels on TV. It seems we always want something more or different. Beware, hiding behind that spirit of discontent lurks Satan. Instead of focusing on God’s provision with appreciative hearts, he wants us to focus on our deficiencies. He started that ploy with Eve and continues with it today. She and Adam lived in a perfect world where they could enjoy everything but the fruit of one tree. Did the serpent have her look at what she had? No, he had her look at the one thing she didn’t possess. That ended badly for all of mankind and we continue down that slippery slope, seeing what we don’t have instead of seeing what we do. Today, instead of an inventory of what we’re missing, how about taking an inventory of our many blessings?

Thank you, God, for your abundant provision in our lives. Open our eyes to see your blessings and give us grateful hearts for them. Whether we live in abundance or need, may we always remember that you alone are the true source of joy and contentment in our lives.

Satan wants us to constantly focus on everything that is wrong with us and look at how far we still have to go. But God desires for us to rejoice in how far we have already come. [Joyce Meyer

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes. [Philippians 4:19 (MSG)]