Whether we have prayed or saved or worked hard for something (a new experience, a new sensation or acquisition), sometimes, when we finally get it, that feeling of contentment and satisfaction is short lived and we find ourselves wanting more.
And, that’s the challenge with having a wanting mind, a common term in mental health circles. No matter what we have or how much we have, we will always operate from a state of never being satisfied, because the mind always yearns for more.
Caleb’s daughter, Acsah, in Joshua 15 had a wanting mind.
Caleb said, “Whoever attacks Kiriath Sepher and takes it, I’ll give my daughter Acsah to him as his wife.” Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave him his daughter Acsah as his wife. When she arrived she got him to ask for farmland from her father. As she dismounted from her donkey Caleb asked her, “What would you like?” She said, “Give me a marriage gift. You’ve given me desert land; Now give me pools of water!” And he gave her the upper and the lower pools.”
Acsah was given Kiriath Sepher as a dowry. Still, she wanted more.
What was driving her? Most likely desire.
Desire is part of all of us. Because of it, we strive for better – not only within our lives but in the lives of others. But desire without balance leads us to become convinced that if we don’t have more, then we will never be happy or contented. Left unchecked, our desires force us to place unrealistic and unnecessary demands on ourselves – just to feed the never-satisfied appetite of the emotion.
The bible tells us that Jesus is enough and what He provides is enough. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (NIV 1984).
Every need, every doubt, every inadequacy, every fear will be removed, reframed and met by Jesus.
And, we can only appreciate His “enough-ness” when we allow Him to control our thoughts and emotions and cultivate a spirit of thankfulness within us.
While He reframes our desires, let us practice:
- Feeding our minds on what’s right, true, honorable, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent (Philippians 4: 8);
- Meditating on our blessings for 30 minutes daily. Start with 10 minutes today. 20 minutes tomorrow and 30 minutes the next day.
- Savoring every moment by being present. Focus on the moment that you find yourself in.
If we practice these three simple steps, we will find ourselves content with less and grateful for more while Christ works on controlling our desires.
Our text for today is: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
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