Thursday, February 04, 2010
Of Contentment and Renting Grandchildren
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." ... 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Now there's a passage I need to read, like, every week. I love thinking that, hey--I have food. I have clothing. So everything else around my house and all my friends, loved ones and the country-ish things which please my eyes, well, they must all be extra blessings. Wow!
Yes, there's much, much extra in my life. Probably too much when we're talking stuff, but hey...
My good friend, Laura, became a grandmother this week to her very first grandbaby. And you know? I am so thrilled for her And even though, most likely, I'll never become a grandmother, myself, (remember when I wrote about finding my own grandchildren?)--still--I am happy that such a wonderful thing has happened to Laura and to you grandparents who read this blog.
Contentment is learned (at least that's what Paul in the Bible said) and it's a gift, too. A gift for me, yes, because it enables me to spend my days in serenity, not craving and longing for more, more, more than God has seen fit to give me. But also it's a gift to others in my life. Tom, for instance. I think my contentment with our home and situation is a gift to him because he so doesn't enjoy seeing me roam from room to room, complaining about the myriad things we need to buy, paint or repair.
And my contentment about not being a grandmother, myself, is a gift to Naomi, who certainly doesn't need me pressuring her to have children when she doesn't wish to. It can also be a gift to Laura (and you other grandparents) because, when I'm truly content, there's no jealousy on my part concerning your grandbabies, wishing they were mine, which would stop me from sharing in your joy.
Of course, one must always add that contentment does not mean settling. It does not mean having no goals or no desires to move ahead in the future. Instead, there's a godly type of contentment, the one referred to in the above verses, which speaks of being happy and contented today with what God has given and where He has me--on the way to becoming more godly, more creative, more 'finished' tomorrow.
I'm speaking of contentment which springs from gratitude to God for His blessings and for His being at the center of all I do or am. Contentment which keeps me happy now, in this moment, yet is always open to new ideas and ways of doing. A type of peaceful, trusting contentment which carries me farther ahead upon this road called Life. That's the way I choose to live my life--and it's proving to be a delightful way to travel.