With Such As You Have
Have you ever noticed how the whole world is discontent these days? Home is the first place that I learned to accept that what we had was enough. Mama always said, "the Bible teaches you should be content with such as you have." It was a while before I realized she was referring to the Scripture out of Hebrews 13:5 that says, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" At home, we had plenty of love. We were taught the value of hard work. We were pushed outside, even when we would rather stay in and watch TV. We were taught the reward of being tidy and following directions was not a monetary allowance. It was the expectation that everyone in the family had something to contribute, a job for which they were responsible. And when you fulfilled your obligation, the reward was that everything ran smoothly. Sure, there were pats on the back for good grades or for doing extra chores. But the biggest reward you received was being able to hold your head high, knowing you had proved yourself....to yourself. The path to contentment is paved with pebbles of gratitude. Gratitude means looking around everyday and finding things for which I am truly grateful. I am thankful for food to eat, because some have little. I am grateful for a job to do, because some have none. I am grateful for large blessings and small blessings and everything in between.
When our hearts are grateful, we are content. And when we are content, we are home.
(Painting, "Old Farm House," by Kevin Hill)