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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Learning to be satisfied
By Jan Warrick


It is sipping a cup of hot chocolate on a cold night, or the smell of a meal being cooked by grandma. It is the sound of a gentle brook gurgling over stones. It is the sight of your home after a long journey, or better yet, the feeling of cuddling in the arms of someone you love. It is basking in the knowledge of a job well done. Being satisfied is a wonderful, peaceful feeling.

We humans crave and desire that feeling of being satisfied, sometimes to the point of causing trouble for ourselves. Personally, I found comfort in eating. The smell, texture and taste of food would help calm me when times were stressful, or happy, or sad, or…you name it. I always had an excuse to eat. To the point of obesity. I am now learning a new way of eating. I am learning how to be satisfied with smaller portions and healthier food. And the amazing thing is, I am satisfied. I don’t have to eat myself into oblivion to be happy. I am 35 pounds down and am content with the amount and kinds of food I eat. I am learning to be satisfied with my new eating habits rather than thinking I have to experience any and all kinds of food everyday or I will be deprived of something.

Not everyone has learned this skill. Have you ever gone out to eat with someone who interviews everyone around them about what they are eating, and what it tastes like? They have a plate of food in front of them, but they aren’t satisfied with their meal. What others have on their plates is more interesting to them. They have not learned to be satisfied with what is put in front of them. They feel as if they have been deprived of the other kinds of food around them.

Sometimes we as Christians are guilty of the same behavior. How many of us wish we could sing like SallyJo, or draw like Charlie, or write like Sam? How many wish we were in the front lines, being great evangelists, winning thousands of souls for God? How many of us are not satisfied with the talents God has given to each of us and instead wish we had someone else’s talents? How many of us think God has deprived us of something just because our talents may be quiet support for someone else who gets all the attention?

The talents that God has given us are just as important for use in His kingdom as SallyJo’s, Charlie’s and Sam’s. Though I can’t prove it Biblically, I believe that when we put ourselves down and say we have no talents, we are insulting God. Just because we aren’t in the limelight doesn’t mean we don’t have talents. It is important for each of us to evaluate the skills God has given us and then ask Him where we should use those skills. We need to learn to be satisfied with what God has given us. When we do that, the peace, that we so desperately crave, will be a constant companion. It is not something we have to search for, it is a gift from God, given to us as we put our faith and trust in Him.

Member Comments
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Rita Garcia10/18/04
Jan, Wonderful entry, the gift He has placed within each of us is the perfect one. Blessings, Rita
Dori Knight10/19/04
good thoughts, jan! thanks for writing this! blessings - dori
Dave Wagner10/20/04
Yeah, that Sally Jo drives me nuts too...

I liked this submission. Good stuff.
Karen O'Leary10/22/04
Yes! We do need to learn to be satisfied with what God has given us. Thank you for sharing this.
Mary Elder-Criss10/23/04
Good stuff here. I agree with what you said about it being an insult to God when we don't use the gifts He gave us. Thanks for sharing.
Lucian Thompson10/23/04
Jan, very well written. The message is so true and good advice we should all take. Thanks for the reminder to be what God made us to be, use the talents He gave us, and be the best “Me” we can be. Let the others be “Them.”
Marina Rojas10/24/04
Satisfaction comes in many shapes and forms, all attributable to our Lord and Savior. Thanks for a good article.
Cyndi Brandon05/31/05
Thanks, Jan, for a very timely 'wake up call'.
God Bless!
Kyle Chezum06/01/05
Hey Aunt Jan, great piece! It was so well written, and made such an excellent point. Thank you!
Gabrielle Morgan06/01/05
I liked your article very much. I think it is well written and sends out a valuable message, to believe in oneself. Thanks, Gabrielle Morgan.