September 6, 2021

I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. ~ Philippians 4:11-12 (ESV)

I wish I could feel the same way as  Paul, the person who wrote Philippians 4:11-12, but often, I don’t.  Instead, I feel more like Goldilocks minus the Baby Bear’s “just right” items.  A week ago, it was too hot, too humid, and too dry. Two days later, it was too wet and too windy. I imagine that two months from now it will be too cold.

Perhaps it is human nature to feel this way. After all, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, which in Hebrew means “delight,” though in paradise with daily visits with God in the cool of the evening,  still wanted a taste of the forbidden fruit.

According to Paul, it all boils down to our focus. During all circumstances, he encourages us to focus on what is honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent, worthy of praise. So, for today, I am going to focus on the smiles of my grandchildren; fresh peaches, corn, and tomatoes; these remarkable, unearned gifts of grace.

What’s your focus today? ~ Anne

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