Hi, there, Wednesday! How is everyone this week? I have to say I’m suffering from a bit of jealousy. The heat index was 85 at 5:45 this morning. The humidity hovered around 9,000% all day. My classroom was a temperature close to surface-of-the-sun. And my dear Tennessee friends were bragging on Facebook about their 65-degree weather. Is it possible God totally understands my raging jealousy over their coffee-friendly weather? I sure hope so.
So, this week we take a look at Philippians and, next week? Colossians. Y’all ready to dive in?
Philippians 4:11b (NIV)–I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Let me tell you something… When you finally grasp God’s great gift of contentment, it changes your entire life. There is joy in looking around you, taking a deep breath, and saying, “Okay, this is where I am. Forget what I don’t have, focus on what there is right here.” That’s when you start to find the greatest joy, the best of life, the beauty in “the little things.” (That, by the way, is one of my favorite sayings. “It’s the little things.” Whenever my husband deployed, it was a daily mantra. Let me tell you, I could get excited for hours by the fact that Borders finally had pumpkin spice lattes on the cafe’ menu.)
We have a choice every day. Our circumstances are what they are. (That’s another fave saying, by the way. “It is what it is.”) No amount of whining will change anything. No amount of wishing for more stuff will change anything. We are where we are with what we have. We can complain and grasp for more, or we can look around and figure out why we’re here. We can be frustrated by the fact that our car isn’t as nice as Joe’s down the street, or we can revel in the clumsily cut-out cross our daughter made in Bible school, the one that is so cute hanging from the rearview mirror. This is how I choose to live, seeking the little things, finding the beauty right where I am…
Living in the moment, the place, the opportunity God has settled in front of me.
How about you?