He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor. Proverbs 21:21
In our world, contentment is a strange street vendor, roaming, looking for a home, but seldom finding an open door. He moves slowly from house to house, knocking on doors, offering his wares: an hour of peace, a smile of acceptance, a sigh of relief. But his goods are seldom taken. We are too busy to be content.
“Not now, thank you. I’ve too much to do,” we say. “Too many marks to be made, too many achievements to be achieved… ”
So the vendor moves on. When I asked why so few welcomed him into their homes, his answer left me convicted. “I charge a high price, you know. My fee is steep. I ask people to trade in their schedules, frustrations, and anxieties. I demand that they put a torch to their fourteen-hour days and sleepless nights. You’d think I’d have more buyers.” He scratched his beard, then added pensively, “But people seem strangely proud of their ulcers and headaches.”
Taken from “No Wonder They Call Him the Savior” by Max Lucado
Learning how to live with what God provides is actually scarier than I ever anticipated, especially since it is far less than I am used to. But God is good to teach me how to rejoice, like Paul, with what I so easily take for granted. I have my health, good friends, family, food to eat, a running vehicle, a job, and I am a daughter of the most high God! He gives and takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord!