Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4, 2009 reflection on daily devotion

Accept what cannot be changed
May 04, 2009
Arvella Schuller

"But godliness with contentment is great gain." – 1 Timothy 6:6

To accept what cannot be changed is the beginning of happiness within ourselves, happiness with those around us, and happiness in a situation we are in that we can do little or nothing about. We can begin our journey to acceptance by making a list of daily blessings that we take for granted. Once a year in our home, everyone makes a list of blessings or assets (one for each letter of the alphabet) for which he or she is thankful. Reviewing this list and adding to it is a mental bath that washes away the negative "I wishes" and "if only’s." The result is a poised and tranquil acceptance of life as it really is. If we find it difficult to accept ourselves as we really are, we have even more difficulty accepting others as they are. ACCEPT, ACCEPT, ACCEPT. This is the beginning of contentment with ourselves as persons—and the beginning of contentment with our mates and families as they are.
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Ignite the spirit of contentment in your life by making a list of blessings or assets in your life that you are grateful for. Then accept what is.

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