Well, adjustment to the mission field is an adventure to say the least. Our personal belongings were released from Customs and delivered to our home here in Tegucigalpa. After saying goodbye to our stuff in our driveway back in California way back in June, we are so glad to have our things again! Theology books, coffee pot, TWO pillows each, bikes, and a real live couch to sit on. It’s amazing what 60 days without your belongings will do for one’s gratitude levels (at least temporarily).
One game I tried to play with my 3 boys during this waiting process was to share 1 item that we each really wanted off the container each day. Only one. It was really fun to share the one item that really missed each day. My nine year old wanted this big inflatable Pilate ball that he likes to sit on and has named “Chuck”. My twelve year old wanted his bookshelf. My teenager really wanted his bed. My wife wanted her washing machine as managing a household of five is pretty tough with a mountain of dirty (vile) clothing.
I learned a lot about being grateful for each little thing that was lent to me, from a coffee pot, to a cooking utensil. Friends with very limited resources lent to us freely to make our lives as comfortable as possible during the process of waiting for our possessions to arrive.
It was really interesting to me that my kids NEVER complained through this whole experience of “indoor camping”. I cannot say I fared so well in the contentment department. I think the experience was really sanctifying for me. It was in many ways, a fast of sorts. Many of the ‘things’ tend to distract me from real conversations, time in the Word, or focusing on Christ were stuck in a complicated logistics nightmare.
I realize now that I have much to learn about contentment. A roof over my head should suffice to give me a heart full of thankfulness. How does my contentment measure up to that of the Apostle Paul?
I Timothy 6:7-8
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
Let me ask you this. What 1 thing are you grateful for today? If you were without all your belongings, what is the one thing you’d want to have? And what if you couldn’t even have that 1 thing? How is your contentment gauge when comparing with this verse from I Timothy?
Thanks again for praying for us to complete this move. Now, we’ll ask the Lord to use our lives, helping us to demonstrate contentment in a way that draws others to desire that same contentment we have through Jesus Christ.
Thanks and God Bless!