In the book “Calm My Anxious Heart”, Linda Dillow shares the prescription for contentment as discovered by a woman named Ella who worked as a missionary with the pygmies in Africa for 52 years. She had left her country, her family, and all that was familiar to go to a very primitive part of the African bush. Here is Ella’s prescription for contentment, giving her a soul sufficiency, a peace separate from her circumstance:
* Never allow yourself to complain about anything–not even the weather.
* Never picture yourself in any other circumstance or someplace else.
* Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
* Never dwell on tomorrow–remember that tomorrow is God’s, not ours.
Because I am human, I know this isn’t possible all the time in my own human efforts, but with God’s help and my eyes fixed on life in light of eternity, I can choose to live with this perspective, one day at a time. And when I slip up, I will not remain there, adopting it as my norm. Talking through a struggle with a friend is very different than adopting a negative and regretful perspective towards our lives. Be free my friends to embrace where God has placed you today.