Contentment

I have spent A LOT of time at home over the past 3 months. Sometimes being at home can be a drudgery or make me antsy. I want to get away. I start looking at my lot and saying let's go somewhere else and reinvent ourselves. It's in those moments I need David's counsel in Psalm 16.


You see, David writes, "Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." (Psalm 16:5-6) David reminds me and you that what we have, where we are, and the circumstances we find ourselves are from God.


If I begin to remember all that I have been given, I may never stop. Grace and salvation from God, but also five healthy children who are grown and making their way in the world. A granddaughter born to my oldest who is happily married to a good husband and father. A son less than a year from completing his service in the Marines. A daughter months from earning her college degree and going into her vocation. Another daughter who is chasing her dream of a business degree. And my baby just graduated and heading to school this fall. I have a beautiful wife who loves me and I adore. A home where we can all come together.


God has put me where I am. I have two jobs, both in the field of teaching where God has allowed me to be for many years. He has allowed me to be in ministry in my community in many different ways. He gives me the ideas and energy for each new day and challenge. Even in the circumstances I find myself right now.


"I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.'" (Psalm 16:2) When I come to those moments of drudgery or being antsy (spelled d-i-s-c-o-n-t-e-n-t-m-e-n-t) I need this reminder from David. We all do. Apart from Him we have no good thing. Therefore stop and remind yourself of all that He has given you and how He has brought you to where you are. My hope is that it will bring you contentment and cause to praise Him.


Doug





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