A PERFECT PLACE TO FIND CONTENTMENT
Sunday turned out to be a lovely day. The temperature wasn’t as hot as it has been, so I took the opportunity late afternoon to enjoy some time on the front porch. It’s a great place to think and also write in my journal.
There was a gentle breeze occasionally making the chimes ring. A perfect place to find contentment, right? Well, maybe, but I think there is more to it than having a nice place.
In the distance I heard a dove and a few noisy cars going down the road. My dog came to join me wanting attention. After I petted him a bit he seemed content to just lie on the porch. I thought about how easy contentment comes to a dog. As long as he has food, water, a place to run and a place to rest he is happy.
I, on the other hand, have trouble with contentment, especially when I think of all that needs to be done in the house and on the property.
And there is the problem. When I focus on what there is to do I have a tendency to complain. Then it seems there is no solution and things are going to get worse.
If instead, I keep my eyes on Jesus, give him my feelings of overwhelm and discontent, I can find peace and joy.
The problems are still there, but I am in a better frame of mind to think of solutions. I can be more patient with myself and others when I have an attitude of thankfulness and love.
CONTENTMENT COMES FROM TRUSTING
I think part of the reason my dog can be so content is that he doesn’t worry about anything. He trusts that we will take care of him and he can run and play and bark at critters from the woods. He can enjoy life.
Maybe I should take a lesson on trust from my dog. I need to trust my heavenly Father to care for me and not worry about anything. After all, I’m not the one in control, but I know the One who is.
Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
All this talk about dogs reminded me of a poem I wrote about four years ago about my first puppy. Hope you enjoy!
My First Puppy
My first puppy at age nine,
was very dear you see.
Of all the puppies there in line,
he scampered straight to me.
From my side he would not stray,
that mutt so cute and brown.
And when my brothers, rough would play,
my pup would knock them down.
Walking to the library
one bright day with my class
Imagine our surprise to see
him sitting in the grass.
All the students were enthralled
A dog had come to school!
Digging under the fence he’d crawled,
using his paws as tools.
How could he have found his way
along that common mile?
He somehow knew just where to go
and how to make me smile.
How about you? What helps do you have to aid in finding contentment? Please share in the comments.
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