You’ve seen the countless pictures I post of our morning walks in Borden Park. That’s Sampson’s favorite place as we go there every day. It’s full of blessings for him: lots of squirrels to chase, sometimes other dogs, scraps of food (which I don’t like) and smells to sniff for him. Often in the mornings no one is there but us so I let him off his leash and let him run while I walk.
Across the street from the park there’s an empty field and a softball field. No trees, no nothing, a literal empty field. Sampson goes to the edge of the park and stares at the field. He wants – every day – to go over there. I can’t figure out why. I mean EVERY DAY he wants to go where he’s not. He wants to leave all the things he loves about the park and where he can walk and run freely, all the trees that provide shade, all the squirrels he loves to chase, everything he enjoys to go to an empty and barren field. So today I hooked him up to the leash and we crossed the street. He walked to the middle of the field and stood there, staring at the park!
Isn’t that just like us? We’re in a place where we have everything we need and where without a doubt God has blessed us beyond what we deserve and yet, we’re always longing for more. We look “across the street” and think there may be something over there that will satisfy us or make us happy that we can’t find in the middle of where we are right now. We look at it every day; think about it every day (amongst all the blessings we’re privy to right now, not appreciating any of it) and when we walk over we find ourselves longing to be back where we just came from!
Before you “cross the street”, look around you. Consider where you are, what you have and if not satisfied, ask yourself why. Look for – really look for – the goodness of your place, the blessings in your place and make the decision to appreciate what you have and where you are. If you find you’re always in want of more than what you have while not appreciating what’s around you, you’re missing out on a wonderful blessing that seems to be getting lost in this world we live in: CONTENTMENT. Society compels us to never be content, to always want more and not be satisfied until we’ve nearly killed ourselves to get it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a better life and other things; just be sure you have a healthy grip on those things and don’t let those things have you.
Want what you have. The abundant life starts right there. If you find yourself across the street into that thing or place you thought you wanted more than where you were and what you had the remedy is simple. Walk back to your blessed place and look there. Be grateful you could and appreciate where you are. Sampson did. As soon as we crossed back over and I let him loose, he found two squirrels to chase. He was perfectly content. We can be too, if we appreciate where we are right this moment.
1st Timothy 6:6 “…but godliness with contentment is great gain.”