Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
(1 Timothy 6:6-8)
The last two weeks in my life have been hectic (to say the least!). I celebrated my 39th birthday, our congregation had an anniversary (with all the attendant activities), and I am preparing for holidays … which means loads of extra work to be done and set in place before I go. There have been times when I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going … or what I was supposed to be doing when and if I ever got there!
But, strangely enough, despite all the general craziness in my life, I find myself not the least little bit overwhelmed (somewhat of a rare occurrence for me). In the midst of so many things to do and so many pressures upon my time and life, my outlook has been … well … content.
My birthday was a wonderful day of simply being dad to my two great children. We went to the mall for haircuts, enjoyed an Orange Julius, cooked a fun supper and then all went to a movie. I can’t think of a better day I’ve had in a long time. No worries, no pressures, no need to be somewhere or do something … just content. The best present of the day was simply being able to hang out with Trish and the kids (knowing that they enjoyed it too!)
Similarly, the church’s anniversary was equally special. Lots of people to share the work of planning and preparing. Lots of people dedicated to making it a special day. Lots of friends of the congregation back to visit. All I did was go with the flow, give a few thank-you’s, eat, play with the children and visit with all the wonderful people. At the end of a long day I wasn’t stressed, or disappointed. I wasn’t upset at what didn’t go right or worried about how well things went. I was just plain content. Again, the best part of the day was just hanging out with the people I care about, happy to see them all enjoying themselves.
What a privilege when God gives us gentle (and pleasant) reminders of what’s important in life. What a privilege to be given such a reprieve in the hurts and hurry of life. (And right BEFORE my vacation too!)
Now if someone would only be so kind as to remind me of this before Vacation Bible School rolls around!