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the best kept secret

September 15, 2009

2785596455_848c54e8beIt’s been cloudy and raining here in Dallas for four days now. By now, I’ve heard plenty of comments about the weather and I too, wish the sun would come out again.

Contentment. I’m learning a lot about its meaning lately. God is doing a lot in our life as a family. We’ll be moving in less than two weeks from our 1200 sq. ft. apartment to a 780 sq. ft. apartment! We are ending our 2 year commitment as a CARES Team serving the residents in our apartment community through meals and events. We’ll be entering a new season of living on campus at Jeremiah’s seminary, Dallas Theological. It’s really going to be a good move for our family and there will be lots of young families to interact with who are all pursuing full-time ministry.

A lot of change is happening really soon and the temptation can be to worry and not be present in the moment. But I really want to be content. To not compare myself to others with what they’re doing or where they’re at, to not wish I had more money or more things, to not wonder how great it would be to be somewhere else, or to not wish John was older or I was younger.

The apostle Paul said,

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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:11-13.)

Paul was no different than us. A lot of people put him on this huge pedestal, but he was simply a normal, imperfect man touched by a divine, perfect God. He allowed God to infuse his life.

So what exactly is Paul’s secret to contentment? He learned it. It didn’t happen in his sleep or in a few short days. God put circumstances in his life to teach him to trust and to depend on God. So whether he was rich or poor, well-fed or hungry, he gave glory to God because his joy and happiness didn’t depend on life’s happenings.

This gives me great hope today- that I can learn to be content too as God works in my heart.

Well on my way to work sitting at a stop sign, a car behind me laid on their horn for 10 whole seconds!  I was waiting for the right time to turn and I guess that wasn’t good enough. Maybe the rain and clouds were getting to that guy too. I couldn’t believe it.

Oh well. He probably needs to learn contentment too.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2009 12:26 pm

    Hey babe,

    This is great stuff! It was very encouraging. Keep it up!

  2. September 15, 2009 1:28 pm

    You encourage me. Let me do a plug for you 🙂 hey everyone check out my husband’s blog at aninkpen.wordpress.com

    Jeremiah’s learning some awesome stuff in God’s word while in seminary at DTS. I hope it encourages you as well.

  3. September 15, 2009 9:07 pm

    Great post, and a timely reminder. I had a 6AM non-stop flight scheduled on Sunday that got canceled. After waiting in line over an hour to get a rescheduled flight, I found out I had just missed another flight to my destination while waiting in line. I ended up flying to another airport and was told to catch a hop over to my destination. Somehow that got all screwed up and I ended up spending over 15 hours in the airport before getting to my destination. Then, I got a flat tire on my rental car after arriving at my hotel (which was over an hour’s drive from the airport where I rented the car). But, it all worked out (at no cost to me) and I learned some contentment from it (even if I clenched my teeth throughout the entire learning process). Thanks for sharing.

  4. September 15, 2009 9:08 pm

    P.S. I love that picture. Did you do the editing yourself or find it somewhere?

  5. September 17, 2009 9:06 am

    Wow Dan. What a story! Thanks for sharing. Talk about a temptation to be frustrated. It sounds like you handled it well though. I think we’d never grow if we weren’t handed situations like that, and then I think it helps us learn how to help others that go through times when nothing seems to be working out.

    The photo is from Flickr. I wish I could say I took it though 🙂

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