bored and blessed

i’ve been mulling over paul’s advice to young timothy:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 timothy 6:6-8)

we celebrate that sentiment and, deep down, we know it’s true but we have a hard time growing into it.  just this morning, my daughter-in-law was describing to my wife and me the childhood memories of her family’s vacations.  they picnicked out of a cooler and their “theme park” was a lake, or the pool at the hotel.  and she seems not the slightest bit impoverished by her experiences.

we are currently in the midst of the greatest vacation of our lives and we are bored.  it’s wonderful!  we’re reading and grilling steaks and laying by the pool (the girls, not me) and playing with our granddaughter…i am feeling refreshed in my physically and intellectually.  and, not surprisingly, spiritually.  the voice of god is always so much clearer when i get quiet.  

so why do i allow myself to become so distracted by activities?

i’ll write more about this tomorrow, but right now i’m going out on the deck to read for a while (not a leadership book…a novel).  and i fully suspect to get drowsy after a short time, and then i’ll take a nap.  and i am exceedingly content.

and somehow i think the lord is pleased.


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