“Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am…I can do all things through Him who strengthens me,” ~ Philippians 4:11, 13
© 2017 Lynn Abbott
Necessity birthed creativity in me.
Since my parents had little money, I learned to create rather than buy stuff.
As a family, we made do with hand-me-downs, “Penny Saver” and ‘Pic-N-Save’ finds.
Most Birthdays and holidays.
I learned from Dad that there was nothing I wanted that couldn’t be constructed from whatever we had on hand.
When I came home with tales of the new toys I’d spied at school friends’ homes, Dad encouraged me to make my own.
My dad and I laughed and shared the joy of creativity together. And time with Dad was worth more than all the store-bought toys in the world.
However, somewhere along the way, I lost sight of that joy. In high school, I longed for store-bought clothing like that of my friends. And with earnings from part-time jobs, I purchased stuff.
Looking around me, I saw what others had. And I longed for more.
Don’t get me wrong. Working hard or trying to improve can be a good thing. The apostle Paul, in fact, admonishes, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,” (Colossians 3:23).
But when those things draw my attention away from Abba, the “worries of the world” choke out the seed of faith, (Matthew 13:22).
When Abba and I creatively approach life together, I find peace and contentment.
That’s right. No matter how great the shopping score, you know its true: there’s always a letdown.
It’s almost inevitable. Almost.
Obviously, Madison Avenue Advertising Execs seeks to kindle a spirit of discontent in order to encourage us to buy more.
Yup. I’m preaching to myself …
And I’m acknowledging that in this world, even the most ‘perfect’ purchases eventually lose their charm.
As I reflected on this today, I made a significant connection: I realized that my interaction with my earthly dad in some respects paralleled my relationship with my heavenly Father. You see, the cure for my childish discontent was time with my dad.
Remembering this, I recognize a simple truth…
When Abba and I creatively approach life together, I find peace and contentment. What I do with Him has greater value than anything I attempt to accomplish on my own.
Spending time with Abba, I discover contentment even in the midst of all my ‘whatevers.’
His grace surpasses all that you and I long for…
He leads beside still waters and restores the soul, (Psalm 23:1).
In Him, you and I shall not want. In Him is Living Water.
In His time, He graciously provides all that we need.
Without a doubt, His Grace is sufficient.