Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What More Could You Want?

"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." -Philippians 4:11


So how much is really enough?  

I remember when I finished my book, The Dragon Forest, I prayed for it to be published. 

When it was published, I prayed for it to sell copies. 

When it sold copies, I prayed for it to sell even more copies and be picked up by an even BIGGER publisher!

And on, and on, and on....

I can see how frustrated God becomes with His children. He gives us what we desire and then we ask for more and more and more! 

Charles Spurgeon wrote in his book Morning By Morning, "When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with His daily allowance."

But how many of us even think about that? How many of us are content with just what we have and nothing more?

We get that job we prayed about then want a raise. We get that new house we prayed for, then want new furniture. We get what we want...then ask for more. 

Paul reminds us that no matter what our state...rich or poor...we should be content no matter what. I have learned this lesson over the years. I have lived in base houses, small apartments, larger apartments, nice houses, even nicer houses, and now a mobile home. 

Yet, through it all, I have learned to be content. Got that? I have learned through the years how to be content. It did not happen overnight, trust me. There were tears and crying and gnashing of teeth! But the Lord has shown me that what He gives us He can take away in a moment. So I am grateful for what I have. 

Oh, I still stumble sometimes and ask for my next book to be published...and sell copies...and sell more copies...and sign a book deal...and on and on! Sigh. When is it enough? 

So, take some time today to look at what your daily allowance is. Thank God for that portion He has given you no matter how big or small. He knows it is enough for you. 

Then, be content with what you have and stop asking for more!



  1. Such a good, good reminder, Ruth. I've experienced the same thing.

    Right now, I'm learning this about the writing business. I'm revising my first ms. I want an agent, to be published, to sell lots of copies, etc. etc. But those things won't make me happy--there is always something else to achieve! I have to learn that RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, I can learn something. God has me here for a reason, and being close to Him is all that really matters.

    Great post. I'm gonna go tweet it. :)

  2. Oh I know! It can be so hard to just stop wanting and be content! Yes, we must be in the here and now. Glad the post spoke to you.


  3. You said this very well. It can be especially hard to be "in the here and now" when your capacity to work (even to "serve") is hindered by disabilities. But I have learned how God uses this too. God bless you!

    1. So glad you have learned how God uses our trials to bless us! Thanks for visiting and God bless you too!

  4. I've reached a point in my life where I'm more content than I used to be. Maybe that's one of the blessings of having crested The Hill. (I'm 52 and have a "full deck" now. =) I still have wants, of course, but I'm learning to let go of expectations and lean on the Lord more than I used to, and that makes a big difference.

    1. Me too, Keli. I think getting older does help. I was so impatient when I was younger. I wanted what I wanted NOW! The Lord taught me how to be patient through trials.

      He's good at that!

      Thanks for visiting!

  5. I couldn't agree more. God thank you for what I have and where I am. Thank you for being my portion and it is enough. Excellent post!!!

    1. Amen,Helene! Thank you for visiting my blog!