“Don’t worry. I made sure your rental has cruise control. After all, it’s a really boring drive.” That’s what the clerk at the desk told me. The strange thing about it was this was a drive to a preaching appointment in central Florida. I thought the ride was beautiful. There were gorgeous trees everywhere. For a preacher from West Texas, I was in sensory overload. How could anyone think it would have been a boring drive? Boy, if I lived in that part of the world I would never, ever take that scenery for granted.

Now where I live is a different matter. It is flat and there aren’t many trees at all. Oh sure, some people rant and rave that they have never seen sunsets as beautiful as those in West Texas, and…

I was doing the same thing as the clerk in Florida: taking for granted the beauty around me. I wonder if we do that in other areas of our lives. Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? And do my neighbors think that when they look at my yard? The truth is that most of life seems the same. Unless you are willing to move to a different part of the world every two or three years you will have the same scenery. Do I really have to have new scenery, new clothes, a new house, a new job, a new mate, a new “look”, and a new dog to make life fun and exciting?

It would be so wonderful to be content with what I have, no matter what the circumstances. How happy would I be if I learned to treasure and appreciate the things I have every day?

How happy would I be if I learned to treasure and appreciate the things I have every day?

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…”

A man named Paul said that almost 2000 years ago, and I learned the secret from men and women just like him. And I can share that secret with you.

Write me at steve@hopeforlife.org.

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