You know those people who are just plain difficult to buy gifts for? I’m married to one of them. It’s not because he’s fastidious or difficult to please. It’s just that he is always content with what he has. I’ll address the issue of contentment momentarily.
So, after racking my brain on the perfect Father’s Day gift for my easily satisfied husband, I had an epiphany. Well, not really an epiphany – but a grand idea, nonetheless. I acquired this photo of my super sexy husband landing in Las Vegas:
and, had it framed, at Hobby Lobby no less. I must say, that I was pleasantly surprised at how efficient and economical Hobby Lobby was on framing the photograph. I didn’t break the bank, so everyone was happy.
You may be wondering, who in the heck took this incredibly amazing photo of my super sexy husband touching down in sin city? If you visit www.airliners.net, you’ll see a whole host of photographs that some aviation photographer junkies post. And, we found this one. It’s entirely cool.
Now, just when I thought I had the most impressive of gifts, John Henry shows up with this gift for Kris:
How did John Henry know that Kris would love a rock with hair? It’s like he completely read his mind.
Of course, we all treasure the little gifts our children make us. But Kris couldn’t have been more pleased with this piece of earth accessorized by colorful threads. It’s the kind of stuff he digs.
I think we all too often become consumed with stuff. We don’t have enough. We have too much. We constantly want more. Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit back and be happy with what I already have – both materially and otherwise. Why do some of us struggle with a soft word like contentment? Even when God has blessed us with more than we need? I will not argue that I like nice things nor do I see wrong in having them – and having much. But I think there is truth in that money and possessions can complicate life at times. Not only do I live in a home, I live in a nice home. The United Nations reported that there are 100 million people in the world who are homeless. I drive a dependable car. I never miss a meal. How can I not be content?
My prayer for today is that I learn to always be content with what God has already given me. That I don’t trust in my stuff, but in the One who provides it. I want to be able say as in Philippians 4:11, Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned to be content with whatever I have.
What helps you when you are struggling with contentment?