Something we should learn

There was once a farmer who began to look at his farm through critical eyes. Every place he looked on his farm he saw something wrong. So he decided to sell and move somewhere else. He contracted a realtor who came out to look things over. Then the realtor called to get the farmer’s approval for an ad in the newspaper. The ad spoke of a good location, a well-maintained house, sturdy barns, lush pasture, a beautiful pond, fertile soil and a great view. The farmer listened carefully, then he asked the realtor to read it again. Finally, the farmer said, “Don’t put the ad in the newspaper. I’ve always wanted a place like that. I think I’ll stay right where I am.” It’s kind of funny: The way we view life makes a difference in what we do in life. If this be true of life, then we must pray that God would teach us the art of contentment. It worked for the Apostle Paul. Remember his words: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:10-13).

Maybe as disciples of Jesus we should all enroll in this class on contentment. It couldn’t hurt—and perhaps it will help us learn to enjoy life a little more. So how about it? Let’s sign up this semester in the class and find more reason for joy. After all, it’s joy that makes life more enjoyable! See you in class…

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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