Today we got a little over 2 feet of snow today. I kept thinking as I shoveled snow, that would give a man over the age of 37 a heart attack, how nice it would be to able to walk to my car to go to work wearing a tank top and flip flops. I just returned from Nashville last week and even though the grass was not greener over there you could at least see the grass.
We are living in a society that is so isolated by technology and so mobile and moving to another state is nothing for us now, many of our parents generation have never been out of the sate they were born in. I think opportunity and isolation breed discontentment. In moving as much as we did growing up I learned that contentment is not something we have outside of the will/leading/guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Would I love to live somewhere where I could wear flip flops and a tank top, Yes. (both of which would not look good on me, have you seen a skinny person wear tank tops and flip flops? Not good.) Would I be content? No. Contentment for me comes from showing up everyday to the post God has for me. Being loyal to the call. I will go where he wants me to go and do what he wants me to do no matter where that is. Because I have a suspicion that many people are going to be surprised one day by God’s definition of success.
So wherever you may be in the world find the place God has for you and stay there until God says move.
2 comments On Tank Tops and Flip Flops and the art of Contentment.
But what would you do with all those trendy scarves if you lived in the south?
I'm perfectly content to live in a place where I can wear flip flops 9 months out of the year. 🙂
However, I haven't worn a tank top since 1994. Although skinny people don't seem to do well with the tank top, I don't think overly big people do either. The tank top market is narrow market… at least that's my opinion.