Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Fall Contentment

Fall brings an interesting mix of weather: crisp, sunny mornings; cold, windy days; and dreary, rainy days. Even with a forecast, you may not know what to expect until you walk out the door. Sometimes our fall schedules can be like this. Although we plan in advance, things often change at a moment’s notice. You may have a canceled one event only to have another pop up in its place, or it rains when you've planned to go to a festival or parade. And then throw jury duty into the mix (though I'm one of those odd people who actually wants jury duty because it sounds interesting).

How we handle our schedules—or the weather—is often determined by our attitude. While God has given us wisdom to make our schedules, He is ultimately the one who brings us into contact with the right people at the right times so that He will be glorified through our lives and ministries. We need to be willing to accept whatever God sends our way rather than griping that it isn’t quite what we wanted. I am reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11b, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” As we face autumn weather and busy schedules, may we say with Paul, “I have learned to be content.”

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