Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Phillipians 4:11-12
I have always been a list maker. As I look through my journals, I would occasionally insert lists. I wonder—why do I always want more? To see more, to do more, to buy more? Why has my life been full of lists? Why was I never content?
When I retired, the first thing I did the following morning was make a list—things to do since I am retired, things to do today, things to do for the grandkids. I had typed three pages.
I decided to begin another list—not of what I want but what I already have. I was amazed at all the blessings and beauty in my life. I wondered, as I pondered the list, why do I rush to do so many things instead of being and enjoying the present and what I already have in my life?
Jesus had twelve hours to live. He gave thanks, took bread, and gave it to His disciples and spent time in their presence. I realized that the only place I need to see before I die is to see God here and now—in my presence, wherever I might be.
PRAYER: Dear Father, I don’t really want more time. I just want enough time, time to do my one life well. Thanks for showing me beauty in the here and now. Thanks for being patient with me as I learn to be content with what I have and dwell in Your presence. Amen
Make this a list of the blessings you have in your life, and give thanks to God!