I have shaved without a mirror this week, but I have shaved. I have taken cold showers, but I have showered. I have slept in a hot room, but I have had a bed. I hand washed my clothes, but I have clean clothes. I have been very hot, but I have the breeze.
We have had ample opportunity this week to either complain or be thankful. Both paths are ever before us and we must choose daily, even momentarily, which way we will go. It makes me feel spoiled that I even struggle to be thankful instead of complaining. I am rich and spoiled and terminally American.
In Philippians, Paul shares about learning to be content whatever the circumstances. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Paul’s secret is that he relies on God, not wealth or piety or false humility. Our team has learned that this week out of necessity. Will we remember when we get home and Satan tries to replace dependency on God with TV, air conditioning and fast food? I hope so…