Contentment and gratitude feed off one another

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Phil. 4:11-12

Sometimes it’s not our perceived needs that create discontent, but the tendency to focus on those things we think are missing from our lives rather than on the blessings we have. Sometimes, rather than appreciating and acknowledging the positive traits and contributions of the people in our lives we focus more on the ways we think they need to improve. The desire for excellence or perfection can cause us to feel the need to wait for things (or worse, people) to improve before we can enjoy them. Gratitude helps us to actively appreciate and enjoy our lives and the people in our lives, just as they are right now.

Lord, thank you for all I have right now. Period.