The first thought I had this morning when I read today’s virtue: Slap my wrist, and send me to the corner for a time out. <– I know this sounds harsh and not full of compassion and grace and all the previous virtues, but this beloved daughter of Jesus needs some serious work in this area.
Contentment, my boys had no clue what this word meant…
Why would they when we live in the land of more, more, more and when nothing ever seems to be enough. Why would they when their mother struggles with this in her own life and has yet to clearly understand and grasp “the secret of being content in any and every situation” — why does this have to be a secret? Come on…
…let me into that dwelling place.
I was able to give the boys several examples of dis-contentment on our drive to school this morning. Again, thanks to the obsessive mother who will not let the virtue discussion cease. This is one of them:
Zane: “Mom, can we go to a really big store that sells only air soft guns? Because I need a new air soft gun.”
Me: “Really? How many air soft guns do you have right now?”
Zane: “Um…lets see, I’ve got 3, yep 3.”
Me: “Why are you not happy with the three you have? You see, this is an example of today’s virtue sweetie, we should be grateful for what we have — happy that you have 3 air soft guns.”
Zane: “Seriously mom, why do you gotta be like this?”
Me: silence, no words…just thoughts, just a quiet reflection and a little sadness actually.
We talked about needs vs. wants.
We talked about how less is more, yet it isn’t because we think more with satisfy.
We got on the topic of complaining and comparing and how this stirs up discontentment and how we need to make a gratitude list and how there are homeless people everywhere, and there are starving people in the world, in our cities. We covered a variety of things surrounding the virtue.
There was no need to look up the word today in the dictionary — I know first hand what contentment is NOT and how grateful I am today for this awakening and new awareness. The kids know now too, the discussion will not stop here, that’s for sure.
I know the secret, actually, it’s through HIM! I’m just growing and being refined and I like it, I really do.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13
I pray, “Father, teach me and my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives us strength. Amen”
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