This week my friend, Donna posted this on Facebook, “Contentment frees you to enjoy every good thing God has given you. Contentment demonstrates your belief that God loves you and has your best interest in mind.—Blackaby.”
She went on to say, “I’m so very grateful for the contentment, joy and peace that come from my personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
We had a wonderful time on the island, but we also enjoyed our two trips into Savannah. We toured the lovely old city and enjoyed the history of the homes and gardens, and of course, we visited Paula Dean’s restaurant.
Following the standard protocol, we left our name with the hostess and received our designated time to return for our meal. We walked around a few blocks, returned to browse the Paula Dean shops, waited in line for twenty or thirty minutes before we joined the buffet line.
Fried chicken, creamed potatoes, an assortment of vegetables and hot breads were piled high on the heated trays before the invasion of hungry tourists swarmed the fare that ended at a massive dessert table.
We joined right in and ate until our appetites were sated, and as we sipped our sweet tea my daughter wiped her mouth and said, “That would have been amazing if I hadn’t eaten Grandmother Elizabeth’s Sunday dinners.”
As the granddaughter of a Southern cook, she was accustomed to massive amounts of good food so she was less impressed with Paula’s spread.
Recalling her comment I realized contentment makes it harder for the world to impress you.
Last year we took a beach trip with some of the grandkids and on a trip to the grocery the youngest made a comment about heaven. At first it seemed random, but from the rest of the conversation I understood it wasn’t random at all.
He was at a beautiful place, having fun with people he loved, and his contentment led to heavenly thoughts.
It’s easier to be content when everything is peachy, but in Philippians 4:11 Paul was writing as a prisoner and still said he could be content.
Several nights ago I had a long conversation with a precious young lady who said, “You know, I really love my life.”
I know some of the challenges she faces yet she changes what she has the power to change; sees the best in the rest and is content.
Life isn’t perfect – I understand that, but finding contentment in the imperfect is really a blessing.