I am learning to be content and to live fully, no matter what. I am currently reading Ann Voskamp’s book, ‘One Thousand Gifts’. She has found the often illusive secret to living a life to the full for the believer. When I am battling some crazy life circumstances I get shifty and really want out. I just want to sit down and wait it out and then I will … whatever -live the life, dream the dream, work the plan. But, it always seems just beyond my reach. Then I reach down deep and declare that I need a big old dose of Jesus come quickly and it lasts sometimes for a few hours and others mere seconds. I cannot remember at the moment how I stumbled upon her book but I am glad I did. I am intrigued when others share their journey experiences and help other navigate this often rutted road we travel.
It is amazing to me when I have read a scripture passage and memorized it and still fail to fully see grasp all that is there in plain sight. One of my favorite books of the Bible is Philippians. Right there in the fourth chapter and beginning at verse 11. I sail through the familiar words… I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (12) … I have learned the secret of being content in any and ever situation… (13) I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Now you probably rushed through it as well but Ann implored me to turn around and look. I mean really look. She called to my attention to the fact that this contented life is a learned behavior. And I love the way Paul peppers this scripture with words like any, every and whatever. Those words just turns over all the rocks in the garden leaving no hiding place. So now that I have to learn this behavior of being content, and brother Paul is inspired and adds verse 13 because he apparently knew me! Yep, only through Christ will I be able to have this behavior/heart changed. Voskamp presses onward to dealing with joy, thanksgiving and grace and this is all masterfully packaged up to page 39. I needed prayer and a three hour nap when I got to this, “thanksgiving is inherent to a true salvation experience; thanksgiving is necessary to live the well, whole, fullest life”. After my nap, I move a little further and realize that she really, I mean literally became thankful in all things and she begins to number them. Now at first I thought, aw cute. But now I’m sensing her transformation as she writes her thankful note to 243, 244 and 245 on page 55. I flipped further back in the book to see if she actually made it to 1,000 and I AM NOT TELLING! I will not spoil it for you but I will share my gifts every Thursday right here on this blog. Each Thursday will be Thankful Thursdays. I am not merely looking to make a list but to indulge in His perfect grace and goodness. -the one who gave and continues to give all.