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Focus on wanting what you have, not having to have what you want.
In my 38 years of organizing homes and offices across the country, I have never found that my clients had a lack of space or time or whatever. The real problem was that they were trying to put too much into their space or were sticking too much into their schedules.
The real culprit? Coveting or hoarding.
Coveting is wanting, going, being, doing, and having more than we can maintain. It is relying on tomorrow to bring happiness that today cannot supply. Coveting focuses on the future. Coveting says I shall have this or else.
The answer to coveting? Gratitude and contentment. Gratitude and contentment focus on the present. Focus on wanting what you have, not having to have what you want.
The Bible says to be content with such things as you have and that godliness with contentment is great gain.
Thomas Watson in his book, “The Art of Divine Contentment” states:
- “Contentment teaches a man how in the midst of want to abound.”
- “Contentment brings the heart into order.”
- “Contentment settles the soul.”
- “If God be mine, says the contented spirit, it is enough; though I have no lands or tenements, his smile makes heaven.”
- “A contented spirit is a silent spirit. He has not one word to say against God.”
- “A contented spirit is a cheerful spirit.”
- “A contented spirit is a thankful spirit.”
Focusing on wanting what you have will free you from being discontent over not having what you want.