It is a rainy day in Eden Prairie Minnesota. In fact, it looks like it will be a rainy week. Even more, this morning I saw snow mixed in with the rain, and the rumor is that there is more snow in our forecast for this last week in April! This is where you would stop what you are doing and run to Facebook to post your disgust with the weather here in Minnesota. You would complain about the fact that it rained today. It is also a day where most casual conversation will have some reference to the “nasty” weather. After all, it rained today.
As someone who suffers from chronic depression it would be easy for me to get sucked in to the vortex of grumbling, but not today. Today I choose to remind myself that if the worst thing that happens to me is that it is overcast and rainy, then I am having a good day.
I was able to get out of bed this morning after a good night’s rest in a warm and cozy house that I call home. I have been blessed with a job to help people find solutions to their office supply needs, while at the same time providing income for my family. This income, together with that of my gainfully employed wife, is enabling me to pursue my passion. A passion to ponder on the amazing story of God, and to proclaim Christ in my writing and speaking.
I sit this evening in my basement office / guest bedroom listening to the music of Bebo Norman through a pair of Gateway speakers that I believe to be about 15 years old. Keeping me company in the office is a rented cocker spaniel named Oliver. We are dog watching Oliver for some good friends of ours. At my side is a large Packer glass full of refreshing ice water.
So why am I telling you all of this? Because sometimes we need to be reminded in the midst of the rainy days of our life that all things considered we are doing well. I live a blessed life, even though, at times, I forget just how truly blessed I am.
Paul, from his jail cell, writes to the Christians at Phillipi words which I need to incorporate into my every day.
12 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. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
How about you today? Have you learned the secret of being content? Paul’s secret he freely shares. It is Christ. I, like Paul, know that my natural mind and heart will go to the lowest place, to grumbling and complaining. I also, like Paul, recognize that If I allow Christ to lift me up and strengthen me I can be content. The truth is I can be better than content, I can be fulfilled and feeling blessed.
So tell me about your day. How is it going? What about today makes you feel blessed? Take a moment and share it in the comment section of this post. Don’t be shy. Your story may encourage the next reader.
Hey did you hear, “it rained today!”