“Me” time! Do you have “me” time?  From 5 to 7 in the morning is strictly my time – and Molly knows it.

After she has had her little run outside to do the necessary – and sometimes that includes exploring the same garden she has explored dozens of times before – she comes inside and waits patiently for me to pick her up and position her on my recliner.

With a deep sigh of contentment, she lies beside me, puts her head on my leg and continues her sleep as though nothing had intervened, not even an exciting interlude in the garden!

During the day, after my chores are done, I sit in my chair and work with my hands, crocheting, knitting, writing or reading while Molly enjoys a nap in her bed at my feet. As long as she is near me or can see me, she is contented. I watch her and take a leaf from her book.

What is contentment?

The tenth commandment says, “You shall not covet.” I think that covetousness is the antithesis of contentment. Discontent is another word for covetousness. Discontent is a slap in God’s face. In our hearts we are saying, “God, you shortchanged me. Why did you give me such a raw deal?” I look at someone else’s station in life and wish it were mine. He has money, prestige, a better job, a better house/car etc., and in my heart I grumble and complain.

Instead of enjoying what I have and making the best of my life, I waste precious time dwelling on what I don’t have and insulting my Father’s love for me because I think I know better than He does what is good for me.

Like Molly, I want to live in the moment, passionately loving the one who loves and cares for me, and sit one His lap or at His feet, contented to know that He always does what is best for me. I want to be like Paul who said:

I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me the strength. (Phil.4:12-13)

Surely, nothing can shake the one whose trust is in the love of the Father. We can save ourselves a great deal of stress and all the physical side effects if we settle down in His lap and let Him order our lives for us.

True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into this world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. (1 Tim. 6:6-7)







Luella Campbell

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