Thursday, July 06, 2006


There is so much we tend to want. There are so many things that we think we need. There are many things to which we feel entitled. Each day is approached with thoughts of where we would like to go, what we would like to do, and who we would like to see. Our minds are easily filled with short-term desires and long-term plans. We tend to design tight schedules and don't like interruptions in our way. We all tend to be quite committed to making our lives as comfortable as they can be and we all like to be in control of what happens to us. Because of this, contentment is hard for us. In any given day, each of us is more apt at expressing discontent than gratitude.

Real contentment isn't produced by external circumstances, but from attitudes of the heart. If you need life to be a certain way in order to be content, you won't experience contentment very often. True contentment is the result of gratitude and real gratitude is the result of humility. When you begin to realize that everyday you receive much more blessing than you could ever deserve, you are able to be content even in situations that you would have never chosen. When you are able to see that even in the darkest of moments there are things for which to be thankful, then you are able to experience contentment mixing with pain. When purposes that are larger then your own momentary happiness are what capture your heart and structure your activity, you are able to be content even when things aren't going your way.

Yesterday the doctor examined Nicole's legs. He will not do surgery at this point, but it is clear she has much healing yet to do. They are going to begin some non-weight bearing aqua therapy to get her legs moving, but any thought of being upright simply has to wait.

So, we are called to be content. Content with the daily schedule. Content with the limited activity. Content with balancing all that needs to be balanced. Content with the natural processes of healing and the time they take. Content to wait.

But contentment is hard. You hear the siren calls of the "what ifs" and the "if onlys" and you are tempted to give way to discontent and frustration. Pray that we would live in this moment with humble gratitude, aware of how much we have been given, even in this moment of difficulty.


Blogger Rachel said...

I was just reading the Cerak blog and the verse Isaiah 42:16 was there. It says, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." What a comforting thing, to be reassured that God is still with you all, leading and guiding you, and teaching you much along the way. You are all still in my prayers.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Christine Liebel said...

That is an awesome scripture! I will be sending it to my girl friend who was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She's at We are believers too! God Bless and thanks.

6:13 PM  

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