Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Ten on Tuesday
2. I have been thinking about contentment lately. Talked about it with a few people. Paul says in Philippians 4:11, " I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." I love that he learned to be content. It's a process. We aren't automatically content. I have had the wants for most of my life. Shoes, cars, jewelry, clothes, and whatever else I came across, I wanted. Today I am grateful for what I have and most of the time, content. Practically this is what I have learned. If I don't see it, I don't want it. How many times have you walked in to a store to buy something you need and then see something you didn't know you needed, but now you have to have it? I don't go to stores very often. Even if it's an awesome sale. I also get absolutely no catalogs (or magazines that are really catalogs) in the mail. I have found that my kid's clothes are fine until I look at the Mini Boden catalog at my mom's house and then I feel like everyone needs new clothes. I don't look at the pictures of a store's new inventory on Facebook or get sale alerts on my email. If I need some new shoes, I know Ashley will have some at Head over Heels, but I don't need them just because she got some super cute new ones in today. Out of sight, out of my wanting mind.
3. This helps me to appreciate what God has blessed me with. I might have an old van with a wonky window but it gets me where I need to go. I am a bad driver and run in to things so I don't think a newer car would even be a good idea for me at this point. I try not to have an "I deserve" attitude because I don't deserve anything. Everything I have was given to me by my heavenly Father and I want to be appreciative for each blessing. If I got what I deserve, I would be living in the gutter, if living at all. I think He wants me to be content, because it shows Him that He is enough. I don't want Him plus all of the Earthly things He can pile in to my garage. Just Him. He is enough for me today.
4. Don't get me wrong. I like the things He has blessed me with. I just have to keep learning to be content, whatever the circumstances.
5. Packy went to a birthday party today for one his very good friends. They had a blow up waterslide. I think he went down the slide no less than 100 times over 2 hours. I am not kidding. He did take a break for cake and ice cream but that was it. He did not stop until his lips turned blue, not from cake. Wear them out. Every day of summer vacation. Thank you Spencer!