So here’s the thing……I’m in the middle of a long-awaited, two-week vacation in Florida, just the man I love and me. In anticipation of turning sixty next summer (a future topic), I have embarked on a sensible eating campaign and exercise (thanks to my personal trainer and daughter-in-law Jenny). There is a half-mile walking track that encircles our resort and today, I reached 2 ½ miles. That is a major milestone for me--did I mention that I HATE to exercise? I am determined, though, to be healthier at sixty than I’ve ever been in my life! Jesus continues to be faithful; I will do my part.
But I digress, that’s not the topic for today. For the past few days, it has been dreary here, gray and chilly. I came here for sunshine and freckles! So, during my self-imposed morning walk today, God gently chastised me and put the word “contentment” on my heart. Those of you who know me personally, know that I often make reference to how blessed I am. So, why would I allow myself to bemoan the weather (especially considering how cold it is in Ohio right now) and how fast this time is going? I indulged myself in a sinful little pitty-party.
I was reminded once again that His grace is sufficient for this day, and I began to rejoice and be glad in it. I was humbled as my friend, Bishop Henry Mulandi, sent me an article regarding the hardship of young girls in Juba, Sudan, surviving by using the only thing they have, their bodies. My discontent today--that I can’t lay in the sun and that next week, I have to return to the cold (where a beautiful, warm home and my wonderful family awaits me). Forgive me, Jesus (He has).
Let’s talk about contentment. I would love to hear what you have to say about the following scriptures (I learn from you as you listen to the Holy Spirit):
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Philippians 4:12 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.
1 Timothy 6:6-8  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Matthew 6:33-34  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I am not promised tomorrow; I will rejoice in this day. I am content; I am loved. How about you?