Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The secret of being content

The art of enjoying any journey
The motivational calendar on my desk has beautiful pictures of nature and people on mountain bikes flying in mid air against a clear blue sky. Early this morning I tore off yesterday’s page and crumbled it slowly in my hand thinking how odd it was that I was about to throw away a day that would never return. At the same time I scanned the words for today, “The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour”.

With or without bicycle, I want to be that (wo)man! I want to be able to say
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation
(Philippians 4:12)
I am trying to picture ‘any and every’ situation. It’s like being forced to take a detour on the bike of life and ending up in the rain and the mud or on a dead-end road. It is realizing you forgot to bring your rain gear and after the longest struggle uphill arriving too late for the party and not getting the sympathy you’d hoped for. It is like feeling all alone on that steep hill and knowing there is no way back, no side tracking and no changing your mind until you reach the viewpoint, where you can finally look back and say: it was all worth it! Hey, and if you'd been singing all the way, then you have truly mastered the art of enjoying even the hardest journey.
The good thing is; you will have a story to tell!


  1. I think of that verse often... about being content in whatever state we find ourselves. I so want to be that person who is! We should be. We are worth more than many sparrows to our Father who watches out for us :-) Trust!
    Great post.

  2. Thanks for your comment Lorrie, I appreciate it! And yes, I think about it often and I am still practising...

  3. I realize that the struggle is worth the view when you get to the top but I am long way from appreciating the fact!
    It is such a long way.
    Blessings, Marja,


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