A Lesson In Contentment
The other day I watched our grandson, Canon, (pronounced Kay-nun) play with a Quaker Oats grit box and salon brush. Now you’re probably thinking—this is one of those proud grandparent stories. I suppose to some degree it is. But not in the way you might think.
Never have I seen a one and a half year old play with objects that had him filled with so much excitement and joy. He played with those two objects the entire day. At times making sounds of joyful shouts and others just enthralled with what he was doing.
It wasn’t a toy that made funny noises, flashed lights or talked to him. No, it was simply a brush and a box he took delight in. Beating the box as if it were a drum or simply putting the brush in the box, putting the lid on the box, taking the lid off, then taking the brush out again. He never found it repetitious or boring. In a world that exists between two extremes—Can fall in love with a Dalmatian for Christmas and yet leave the dog on the side of the road the next, I found it interesting and yet odd. But in it I also found an object lesson.
There are three scriptures that come to mind. The first, Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2 NIV) Jesus expounds on this in Matthew when he declares, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (Matthew 11:25 NIV) There may be wisemen in this world, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (I Corinthians 1:27 NIV) Although babies may appear to look weak; they are strong by the things imputed to them by God.
It doesn’t take a lot to make him happy …
The second,”He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4 NIV). You see, a child of Canon’s age is lowly at heart, depending on someone to take care of him and yet in the midst of this understanding he finds happiness in the things in life we so quickly dismiss as unimportant. It doesn’t take a lot to make him happy—a child this young is a minimalist, who finds happiness in the simplest things—such as a brush and a box.
Last, the Apostle Paul teaches us…“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6 NIV) This text exemplifies rather than considering the amassing of wealth as “great gain”; we, as believers, should focus on the pursuance of holiness in deed, attitude, and thought. We should choose to be content in whatever situations God allows us to be in, just as Paul had done while in prison. (Philippians 4:11–12) In all Paul’s trials, he learned the secret of contentment. For it was not in the material things he possessed, but in the teachings of the God that possessed him. In other words he chose to be content with the riches of Christ. As we all should do.
Thank you Canon for reminding us of who we all can be and what we all should do. Nana loves you…
And thank you so much, dear readers, for your continued support and readership… Until next week—Blessings and Peace.
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