One of the lessons that we’ve been learning together as a family over the past five years is how to be content with what we’ve been given and be thankful for God’s great gifts. When we learn to be content and happy and truly give thanks for the gifts, his blessings will more freely flow out upon us! This has been become all the more clear to me over the past several years as I have begun to learn to be content with what I have rather than dwell on what I don’t have and as I try to teach my children/lead my family to do the same.
When I moved to the Marion area five years ago I was excited about my new family, but a little saddened to be giving up a house and land of my own to live on my brother-in-law’s land in a mobile home. “It is just for a year,” I told myself. That year turned into 2, and has stretched into 5 and will soon become 6. As time passed, my hope for a bright future gave way to despair as I began to ask myself and God when I would be able to purchase a nice house on our own land for my family. About two years ago however, I decided that it didn’t matter where I lived as long as I was with my family and we are blessed with quite a lot! We have a house that meets all of our needs, we have cars that get us back and forth to work and all of our activities, we always have enough money to eat, pay the utilities, and other bills, and we have a family that loves us! Not only that, I live next door to a pretty awesome brother-in-law! 🙂
It was at that time that I realized that we’ve got it pretty good and as long as this is where God wants us, then I’m going to make the most of it, so I’ve started to become the steward of the land and home that I’m supposed to be. It might not be my land, but while I’m there, it’s my responsibility to take care of it and when we leave it with Dan in a few years or whenever we leave, I can rest easily knowing that I’ll leave it well! Along with the care of the land, I’ve gained a much closer relationship with Dan and feel like I’ve gained a brother! He teaches me things that I don’t know, and I teach him things he doesn’t. We work on projects together at each other’s houses, check up on each other, he comes over and spends time with the family, etc.
We were just talking to the girls the other day about being thankful, happy, and content with what we have rather than being like the rest of the world that wants MORE, MORE MORE, and the lesson for us is the same as it is for them: God might not always give us exactly what we want, but he always gives us what we need!
The lesson I’ve learned in the last several years is that by learning to be content with what God has given me, I found that he also gave me something that I would have never seen if I hadn’t given up my pride and self-pity–he gave me another brother! I always thought Mike and Dan would have gotten along great because they were so much alike, but that wasn’t to be. As it is, Dan and I make a pretty good team too because we’re just different enough to work together! I might not always understand Dan’s little quirks, and he might not always understand mine, but that’s ok!