Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Many feel so much bet­ter when the sun shines.

The or­ange ball in Scot­tish skies leads to bar­be­cues, gal­lons of sun­screen, and shop shelves emp­tied of es­sen­tials. Work is en­dured un­til the mo­ment it can be es­caped from and the joy of life cel­e­brated.

But then be­ing Scot­tish, if it per­sists for too long then it is too hot, and ‘my good­ness look at the state of the gar­den now’ and there is no way I could face an­other burger.

If our con­tent­ment is de­pen­dent on cir­cum­stances, the weather, the food, the job, health or part­ner, then we will be se­ri­ally and se­ri­ously dis­con­tented. To be con­tent is to be at peace with one­self, the world and all that is hap­pen­ing around us. With­out that peace at the cen­tre of our be­ings we risk be­ing caught in a spi­ral of dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

An early Chris­tian leader called Paul wrote: “For I have learned to be con­tent what­ever the cir­cum­stances” [Philip­pi­ans 4:11]. He had been ship­wrecked three times, lashed five times, trun­cheon beaten three times, knew hunger and thirst, con­stant dan­ger, im­pris­on­ment, earth­quake, naked­ness and loss, yet shock­ingly he could write I have learned to be con­tent.

So what was his se­cret? He be­gan by know­ing he was ac­cepted by God de­spite the wrong things he had done.

But he had to learn it. It was a learn­ing process.

Are you learn­ing? Have you started? Be­gin by be­ing still and con­sid­er­ing: “I am not the re­sult of my cir­cum­stances, I am be­com­ing who I was cre­ated to be”

Ser­vice Rev John Humphreys at the Sun­day ser­vice

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