by Danetta Kellar
If I react defensively when someone asks sweetly to get together for coffee, maybe I need to get rid of something less necessary than friendship in my calendar.
We are a cluttered society with more possessions, commitments, and obligations on our hands than we know how to manage.
Not everyone gets the opportunity to sell or give away most of their belongings and move to Africa like my husband and I did. But we did just that, and my children have heard the story of The Two Trunks and the Mud Hut until they probably think they were there. (They were not; they had not been born yet).
My years in Africa certainly gave me the disciplined opportunity to practice contentment in the absence of so much excess. But, the old adage may not be so true after all, for practice did not make the attainment of contentment perfect in me.
I still remember crying in the London-Heathrow Airport on my way back from Kenya at the cost of gloves, which I needed. They cost roughly $8.00, exactly the cost for a new roof for my friend Fatuma’s rain-soaked house. I felt ashamed to buy something for myself casually when that amount of money was so dear and necessary back in the village.
- Contentment is not really about the amount of stuff we have after all. It is about obeying Jesus with all that we have. Giving it all to Him. He is the owner. I am the steward.
- Contentment makes me create cozy spaces in my house in anticipation of chats over a warm cup of tea instead of worrying about whether the decor looks modern enough to feature in a magazine.
- Contentment enables me to invite a friend in for mutual encouragement even while my cleaning supplies are sitting in a bucket on the floor, the counter is sticky, and the entire family’s shoes are strewn across the entryway.
- Contentment calms my heart when the car breaks down and I remember it came from Him first and He will take care of my transportation.
- Contentment clears my mind when the holiday magazines start piling up in my mailbox with all that glitters, tempting me with so many lovely things. It guides my yes and my no and makes them guilt-free.
- Contentment is satisfying deep in my soul.
I know contentment is real, and I found it when I gave everything back to God.
I sat back, empty-armed, and rested for the first time in a very long time. Maybe ever.
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