Contentment is such an intriguing state, isn’t it?
The fact that you haven’t reached a higher place in life or owned more money has nothing to do in being content. You may have just won the lottery but you may still feel dissatisfied that you haven’t got more. On the other hand, you may still have bills to pay and haven’t received a payrise for the last year, but you can feel on top of the world.
I’m currently sitting in my living room, having just finished my second cup of coffee and feeling very content. My gas heater casts an orange glow on my wooden floorboard and the fish in my aquarium are happily swimming around – re-exploring the spots that they have just visited a moment ago. I can also faintly hear the sound of my washing machine doing my second batch of laundry behind the tunes playing from my stereo and the tinkles of my windchimes. For this relaxing morning I have selected an old CD called ‘Northern Nights – Music from the top of the world’, a selection of music from the Nordic countries. I love Celtic and Nordic music – they relax me.
There are times when the pressures of life and the concerns of the future weigh me down. However, I have learned to stop, look up, and appreciate life for what it is. I am still enjoying life in my slightly-overweight body – I have my joy and peace – and I do not lack any sustenance. I may not have caviar to snack on, but a mouthful of kacang bawang can taste just as delicious and ease a little bit of my homesickness. 🙂
It’s a wonderful and crisp Winter morning here in Adelaide, complete with clear blue sky and sunshine. Just perfect. In a week’s time we will reach the Winter’s solstice and then the days will be longer again … 🙂 How can I not be content?
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)