Contentment

We’ve been down here in Ft. Lauderdale several days now and I must say that I am starting to kick back and relax a little. Janet will attest to the fact that this is difficult for me to do. I am so used to working that it is hard for me to just relax. The truth be told, I worked several hours today but in the scheme of things, it was a short time in view of the entire day.

Janet and I have spent quite a bit of time seeing the area and discussing our lives. When we look back on the past year, it has been quite a ride. I’ve been quite busy in the corporate world, we have been to West Virginia and Montana, we have sold a home and bought another one; and I have continued to write posts for TBTB. And while there are things that have not been accomplished, I have to say that on balance, both Janet and I are content.

I guess that it would be nice to have more disposable time but other than that, neither of us can think of things that we absolutely long for. And as I get closer to retirement, the disposable time piece eventually becomes more of a reality.

I can’t help but reminded of Paul and his comments about contentment. He tells us, in Phillippians 4:11-12, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Now I can’t say that I have learned all the lessons that Paul has learned. I still fight desires that cause contentment to sometimes be elusive. But I can see that I am making progress. And the journey is continuing.

My encouragement this evening is that while there is no doubt that God created us to be inquisitive, He also desires for us to find a level of contentment. My prayer is that as you go about the process of working and living you life day by day, you will be reminded of Paul’s comments and that you will become one of God’s contented creatures. Have a great day in the Lord, Grace and peace…

 
 
 
 

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