Today I fell asleep on the trampoline. After a jumping session with Cammie and Seth, they went inside and I stayed behind and had a lie down on the trampoline for a bit. I was thinking about a few random things and the next thing I was in and out of sleep. My amazing wife brought me a blanket and pillow so I could have a nap. After lying outside for a bit I got cold so I went inside and had a nice long nap and woke up feeling super energized! What I realised while reflecting on these events is that I have been very content recently.
The simplicity of life has led me to be way more content than I usually am. I really enjoy my hobbies and that means I like to spend money on them when I can so this often leads me to doing a lot of research on what I may like to do or spend some money on. But since the lockdown began I haven’t really done that because instant gratification in many ways has been put on hold because nothing is open!
What this has done has led me to be content with what I have in these current circumstances. I have found that I have been taking more pleasure from simply sitting around and playing with Seth, chatting to Cammie and my parents, or having some chill time alone playing some games. Today I was reminded once again of these words of Paul:
11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. 12 I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. – Philippians 4:11-12.
The lesson that I need to learn from this new found contentment is how to take it back home with me after lockdown ends. Being content is super important because regardless of whatever situation we find ourselves in contentment is possible. At the end of the day we can always find contentment in Jesus – He is always enough – and He always will be.