Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 5, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 5, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the passage from Proverbs and
Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be
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Envy versus contentment
"A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but
passion makes the bones rot."
True contentment is characterized by God's deep
peace within our hearts. Wealth cannot buy this
priceless treasure. Envy on the other hand, destroys
Deep-seated jealousies rob people of deep contentment
and can take years off their lives. Envy consumes
and destroys peace of mind and happiness.
Over the years, I have known many individuals whose
consuming envy literally destroyed their health along
with the well being of their families. Such toxic
and life-draining envy is worse than poison. Envying
another person's lover, family, career, achievements,
possessions, and money only brings discontentment
with great potential for destruction.
To find personal deep abiding contentment, individuals
must learn to take responsibility for their life choices
and actions. Their blame games must stop. Otherwise
they will be as forever restless as a breaking wave on
the ocean, constantly searching for an ever-illusive
contentment. In the process, toxic perspectives spill
over and contaminate the lives of others.
There is a transforming cure for such life-draining,
toxic envy and discontent. Begin a lifestyle of
counting your blessings. Daily offer heartfelt
prayers of gratitude for the little things in your
life. Develop your own personal theology of enough.
As you learn to be satisfied with what you have, be
grateful and express your appreciation through prayer.
Be courageous enough to look deep within your heart for
sources of your discontent. Humbly ask God for a change
of heart. Reach out for help. The life you save may be
God, you are my ultimate source of satisfaction and
contentment. Transform my heart and mind with a fresh
attitude of gratitude and deep peace. Heal me from
envy. Give me courage when needed to change
destructive, bitter, and jealous attitudes wherever
they may exist. Make me a source of blessing in the
Grace and peace,
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