Emily thinks I’m lazy. OK, not all the time, and not in all areas of life. But some things she cares about being done “right,” whereas I am… unconcerned. My spiritual gift may be the ability to be contented in all circumstances.
Our formerly manicured and tended backyard is currently returning to a more natural, almost feral state. I tend to allow things around my office to run out, be broken (or if they must work, be jerry-rigged), and do without. And why not? Besides the obvious downside of an irritated wife, I submit (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that being content with our current state of affairs is Biblical.
“…be content with your pay.” Luke 3:14b
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have.” Hebrews 13:5a
“… I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11b-13
So: Be Content.
It’s not complicated, but it is hard. Life in America in this day and age seems rife with unfulfilled desires, stagnant dreams and unsatiated wants. Everywhere we turn there is a new thing to tempt us, to taunt us.
You must make a decision: will you choose to be content with what God has given you? Will you work in order to serve others, instead of accumulating stuff? Will you give up your dreams and designs in order to fulfill His purpose? Will you spend what you make, or will you save and give? Will you sit on your behind like a bump on a pickle, or will you cut the grass so we can find the dog?
I guess that’s my cue.