Do you ever have a month when it feels like nothing goes the way you planned it? It feels like whatever you set out to achieve fails and obstacles keep jumping in your way. That is how I have been feeling this week. We are getting the keys to our new house today, but no matter all my careful planning a budgeting it will be a lovely empty house – minimalist to the extreme. I had hoped by the time we get the keys to have bought one or two items of furniture (we are moving from furbished to unfurnished) but two breaks downs of the car, a dentist visit and now the breakdown of our bakkie mean that the house will be empty for a while longer. I have been frustrated and disappointed but in the big scheme of things I need to remember that this is not a disaster – looking at the images coming out of Japan reminds me that these things are not important. So last night lying in bed I made a mental list of things that I forgot to remember:
- I don’t serve and worship stuff – I worship the Living God.
Matthew 6:24-25 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
- God is the one who provides what I need (not necessarily what I want!
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
- My stuff does not indicate how much God loves me
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
- All things are created by God, are given by God and are for God’s glory
Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
- My contemned is not determined by my circumstances but my attitude.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
So today I choose to remember these things and trust in God. Maybe I’ll never get my new sparkly fridge, but I am not going to let it ruin the joy of knowing that God provides what I need.
An Irish Blessing for St Patricks Day:
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.