This slope starts out very gradual, almost inconspicuous. It even usually starts out positive, maybe your looking to the future and stating to dream or you're celebrating someone else's accomplishments or complimenting someone on a new purchase/relationship/baby/job etc.
Than out of nowhere there's a sharp bend in the road and before you know it you're headed down the discontentment slope. You've gone from positive to coveting in a matter of seconds. All of a sudden what's in front of you is something that you wish you had deeply. Coveting drops right off towards bitterness. Bitterness can lead you straight to the bottom of the slope, right into resentment. We start to blame and hold other people accountable for why we aren't where we "should be" or don't have what we "should have".
Discontentment. Coveting. Bitterness. Resentment. Some of the highest discontentment slopes even lead down to discouragement and depression. None of these are good stops along the highways in our life. And they usually are places that we never intended to go. So why do we?
Because we seem to miss the exit ramp. It's a small little ramp, usually hidden away in the brush at the sharp bend. It appears before each change in the slope, although a little steeper at each incline change. You can take it before coveting, or before bitterness and resentment, and it's even there right before discouragement and depression. This little exit ramp is known as Thankfulness.
When we take a moment to stop on the slope, to pause, to reflect on what we have to be thankful for, we start the slow climb back up again. Yes it can be harder depending on where you're starting on the slope, but it is never impossible. Take a breath. And thank God for that breath. Start with the little things and work your way up or start with the big things and work your way down. There is no right or wrong way to be thankful for what you have, who you are, or what you have been given.
When you're thankful the thing you had discontentment about doesn't seem so important anymore. Because now you have something to be positive about or to focus on. What are you thankful for?
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2