As I look at my Facebook feed I see most of my friends are complaining about more snow, or their husbands and kids, or some other thing life has thrown at them. Trust me, we are not without the problems of life. We have been through unemployment, financial trouble, marriage problems, sick kids, bad weather, broken belongings, moves, seasons of upheaval, and such. And I too have been guilty at times of airing that all out on social media. But as much as these things happen to us all, instead of posting our problems for everyone to see, what if we really did learn Paul’s secret of being content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11-13)? If Paul could find contentment chained in jail, surely I can find it even in the midst of the trials and tribulations of life.
Today we have a fresh breeze blowing through the open windows and 3 loads of laundry line drying outside (well, in our 3-season room anyway) and it is 65°F. Yes, I know it will get colder tonight and they have even thrown around the dreaded “s’ word here, but I will enjoy the warm and sun. I will rejoice that we have a home and a washing machine (thanks to a very generous friend). I will be thankful that we have laundry to hang and fold, because that means we have clothes in abundance to wear. I will be still and quiet, knowing that in the noise and chaos that surround me children are learning and growing. And tomorrow, I will embrace the cold, the sleet, and snow. I will be thankful that I have heat and a cozy house. I will appreciate the fact that I have sweaters to wear and fuzzy slippers too (thanks Mom & Dad for the warm Christmas gift!). And if it is cold when I go out I will be thankful that I feel it because that means I am ALIVE!
Without all these things that “get in our way” what would our life be anyway? Mine would be pretty dull and boring. There would be fewer funny stories and less laughter for sure (who else but us has a story about a kid getting bit by a donkey while performing in a living nativity?)! But the secret to contentment really is to learn to be thankful, GRATEFUL, in all situations.