Saturday, January 22, 2011

SHORTCOMINGS & BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE

Stained glass window in the hallway of Bergen art & craft museum

These last days have taught me lessons I should have learned long time ago.
Don't seek for, or even pray for things you aren't ready handle. I can easily understand that winning a million in the lottery can bring more harm than blessing in my life.

Proverbs 30: "7 Two things have I asked of Thee; deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with mine allotted bread; 9 Lest I be full, and deny, and say: 'Who is the LORD?' Or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God."
My wise dad used to read these lines and emphasize "give me neither poverty nor riches." I guess this is the foundation of my life, as well as my reason for I choosing a carrier and a spouse, a companion for life.
Then, sometimes, my wishes nevertheless are for more, more, more.
And I am briskly told to be satisfied with what I have got, and
to count my blessings one more time.


Psalm 139:17 " How weighty also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand; were I to come to the end of them, I would still be with Thee."

5 comments:

Steve E said...

Really, Felisol. some years ago, my sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous strongly suggested to me to "Practice being satisfied." Long has this been (one of!) my mantra.

Seldom do I hear this, or read it. Thank you.

For me, being satisfied is a blessing which comes only with repetition. GOOD MESSAGE TODAY!

Felisol said...

Dear Steve E,
I try, I fail, then I try again....
I know I belong to the 8% most blessed of this world, according to the UN standards of life quality.
Even so this devil of dissatisfaction get the better of me.
My grandmother, who face problems unknown to the post war generation used to say,
"Life's not about how you are doing, but how you are coping with how you are doing."
She was of course the idol and role model to all of her nine children.

Amrita said...

I canonly be satisfied of i don 't compare myself with others. I pray that prayer from Proverbs too.
And I add, lord give me enough so that I can share it with others. He blesses the five loaves and 2 fishes.That is the miracle of our lives.Yours also Felisol.

Your grandmother passed on a very valuable lesson to you. Thanks for sharing it and the lovely photo.

Terry said...

dear felisol..this is so true..i can honestly say that i never craved for more money .
we have all we need and really more than we need!
more than we deserve!
i really like what steve e said..."practice being satisfied"!
so good....love terry

David C Brown said...

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he, being rich, became poor, in order that ye by his poverty might be enriched" - the real way in which we are rich!