Paul wrote "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content." (Phil. 4:11) We're talking about a man who suffered much for Jesus. A man who was in dire situations, often jailed for his beliefs, mocked and ridiculed by others, sometimes hungry and often very alone and yet here he is stating that he has learned(!) to be content wherever he is and in whatever situation! Talk about a lesson worth learning!
I know for me, if I would truly learn this lesson and take it's application's to heart it would make me a much happier person. In turn, this would make my husband and children happier as well.
I see our sweet baby goats in a pasture filled with luscious green grass and are they eating it? No! They are stretching their little necks as far as they can through the fencing to get to the grass on the OTHER side of the fence. Because it looks better. Because they are not content with what they have been given and where they have been placed. Such a lesson to learn from!
It's easy to compare with other's about the things they have, or the places they've gone or the family members they have and the things they do for them, or their children and their achievements and yet, we've been given what we have for a purpose. We've been placed where we've been placed for a reason. A Heavenly inspired purpose. Our children are exactly the children that God intended us to have. Our husbands are men whom God placed in our lives for a reason. Our homes are gifts from God! The food in our refrigerator is a Blessing! Yes, even the messes to pick up, and the laundry to do, the dirty dishes piled high (at times!) all are gifts from God and should be considered a blessing! And when we're tired at night, we (should) shout Hallelujah for all that has transpired during the day to make us tired by night fall!
I am trying to fully grasp and truly understand and love where I have been placed-every moment of every day. Because it all is a gift. From God. And THIS is where He wants me.