“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I would be very satisfied.’ That is a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
Keep your life simple. If you’re happy, keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re not happy… change some things. It will make you better. In the meantime, always: 1. Be respectful 2. Keep your word, and… 3. Be consistent. Furthermore, try these 8 simple tips to help you live a happier life:
- LISTEN, before you speak.
- LOVE, before you hate.
- THINK, before you act.
- EARN, before you spend.
- INVESTIGATE, before you invest.
- COMPLIMENT, before you criticize.
- FORGIVE, before you pray.
- TRY, before you quit.
… and, live by faith – because that is what will make the impossible, possible.
I remember my mother use to say, “Don’t be long-eyed.” What she meant by those words was, don’t try to have it all… when you can’t handle it all. Take what you can use, and leave the rest for another time.
It is quite natural for people to forget what they have, while at the same time, look at others as being more fortunate! We look at the blessings that others enjoy and forget to be thankful for our own. We look at others’ possessions, and because they are greater than ours, we fail to appreciate what we have. Our position in life may be very humble, but however humble, our life is full of blessings… but we have to open our eyes to see them, and be thankful to GOD for giving us what we do have – and enjoy it.
Learn to be content with common things. Learn that the truest joy does not come from external things. True happiness springs spontaneously from a content heart. If it is GOD’s will that you be situated as you are, will He not make you happy where you are?
- You may not have an abundance of possessions
- You may not have many talents
- Your blessings may seem few
- You might see others as better than you are
… but do not spend your days worrying in vain. And never despise what you have because it is not greater than, or equal to, what others have. Be glad for what you have. Be content. Better your condition if you can, but do not spoil what you have, trying to reach for more. If you only have one talent, use it for the LORD and be thankful for it. Do not depreciate it because others have several talents. Use it and be content. You will never find happiness in the things you have, but only in your appreciation and use of them.