I'm not saying this because I'm in any need. I've learned to be content in whatever situation I'm in.
Philippians 4:11 (GW)
I’ve spent the last month in prayer and contemplation about the year to come, my prayerful declaration that I will publish this year, my full acknowledgement that surrender is not easy but it is what I am called to do anyway. Here are some of the things I’ve learned….
I’ve finally made my peace with James’ “contentment.” The last time I wrote about it, I was ranting in the basement after a Hurricane, babysitting the dog. This afternoon, running errands with my son, he asked if I was happy. Thoughtfully, I responded “ I am content. I am not un-happy, and I believe that contentment resides somewhere between happy and unhappy.” Hmmm…I reiterated that I was not unhappy, and as I considered, I suddenly realized that “happy” isn’t a very useful term to describe my circumstances. There are times when I feel great joy, other times satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, trepidation, excitement, etc. I don’t think happy is enough any longer. It’s too non-specific. Happy, I think we’re done. Contentment, now that’s a kind of a soul deep thing, requiring prayer, some maturity, patience. All things I desire more of…