Today’s post isn’t really the kind of post I’ve been doing on the regular- okay, I haven’t actually been posting anything on the regular, but ya know- it’s something that has been on my mind and I just sort of figure, why not chat about it with my computer screen for a minute? I love looking back on things I’ve written in the past to remind myself of lessons I’ve learned.
What I’ve been thinking about is most easily summed up as the word contentment.
All my life I’ve had an overwhelming desire to do more. I love having a packed schedule, challenging myself to achieve more, seeing more of the world, tasting, hearing, making friends, organizing, learning, more, more, more. Now that was quite the sentence :). I love to do! When circumstances have been such that I haven’t been able to immediately make plans to do what my limited understanding considers “more,” as soon as the decision is made in my mind to do it, I’ve gotten a bit antsy.
Even writing my previous paragraph made me want to enroll in medical school, book some flights and reorganize my hosiery drawer- tonight! I can’t help but want to take advantage of every moment of this life that God chooses to gift to me, and, in my mind, these things are tools for taking such advantage.
Now, what I’ve been realizing here lately is that, while things like travel, education and new sensory experiences really are wonderful, they aren’t requirements for truly living each day that I’m given. Why should I always want new things when I have so much deeper to go into the things I’ve already been given? My daily walk with God, my family and close friends, my home, my church and this moment are such precious treasures and I see that these things are surely satisfying enough for an amazing life on their own!
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to want to see the world and to educate yourself, but there are seasons for these things, and then there are seasons when we must simply appreciate where we are, what we have and how wonderful it is that we can place our dreams into our Father’s hands and not have to worry about tomorrow. That perspective is one of peace, hope and positivity, allowing us to cherish each moment while still dreaming for the future and looking forward to the surprises it may bring.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” KJV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV
It’s so amazing God has given us the ability to live in the moment, even while at home, folding laundry and listening to Pandora. We can connect with Him and with others at any time, and those are the moments that will be the most important throughout eternity.