Thought for the Week
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