Dog Days of Summer

The longer summer drags on, the more I look forward to Fall. You know what I mean? Frequently, we tend to look forward to things instead of making the best out of where we are. When we are young, we long to be teens. When we are teens, we look forward to being out from under our parents’ control. Once we get into college or off to work, we yearn for something else. Paul wrote that he had learned to be content no matter his circumstances. Isn’t that what all of us really want? The dream we have that things will be better one day is a desire for contentment. But, when we think “stuff” or status will make us happy or content we are bound to be disappointed. There is always something different that gets our attention and that we “just have to have.” Contentment is really only found when one realizes his or her worth in Jesus. A saved individual can find peace and contentment no matter the circumstances simply because he or she knows that this world is fleeting and only one thing really matters. This is not to minimize challenges and trials that come into our lives. Disasters are never easy to deal with when they affect us or someone we love. But, our attitude during the trial can make all the difference in how some things turn out and how they control our lives thereafter. The old hymn said it best, “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”