Perspective: Contentment

Posted: February 7, 2016 in Perspective
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dog with ballI was mulling over the incredible story of the California couple, who a few years back, found $10 million worth of nearly perfect gold coins minted during the 1800’s gold rush. Wild to say the least! What’s even more amazing to me is where they found them – partially buried under a tree located on a piece of property they’ve owned for years. And they’ve walked by this same tree many, many times before on their frequent walks with their dog. I think there are some great life lessons here:

1. Sometimes our greatest ‘treasure’ is found in the ‘routine’ of our daily life. We just have to have our eyes open to see it.

2. I’m sure this couple probably woke up, had breakfast, drank their coffee… just like every other day… not knowing that their lives were soon to change forever. It’s a good reminder to us that we should wake up each day with the expectancy that something incredible is going to happen that day! Why not? It did for that couple!

3. What if they had decided that their own land wasn’t good enough, beautiful enough, ‘walkable’ enough… and they decided to start walking somewhere else? Yep, they may never have found those coins. Life lesson – we need to learn to enjoy what God has given us today… our families, jobs, living situation, etc… and not ‘wander’. We may just find the biggest ‘motherload of awesomeness’ right where we are, with whom we are with and what we have now.

Let us be people who are content and find great joy in our day to day life. Yes, going on vacations and wild adventures are fun and relaxing, but often the greatest ‘treasures’ are found close to home… in what God has given us today – our family, friends, work and Himself. But, like the couple in the story, those ‘treasures’ are not always ‘out in the open’ and obvious; sometimes we have to look for them and or at least recognize them when they are right there in front of us.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ – Psalm 118:24

** Note: This Perspective post is part of my soon to be release, ‘The Doggy Bag Devotional‘ – a full year bible devotional for people like myself who can struggle with bible reading retention, understanding and life application.


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