We all need a Paul in our lives, someone to encourage us as we live out loud for Jesus. Paul is Timothy’s cheerleader, but he is also his truth-teller; he’s not afraid to say what is really important! In my reading this week, 1 Timothy 6:6-8 stood out at me:
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Do I dare ask you a hard question…be a Paul in your life? Can you say the verse above is true about your attitude?
One of the great things about living in rural Alaska is the major lifestyle change. Don’t get me wrong, it can be quirky and downright hard to adapt to. There is no instant gratification here. Life generally does not move at light speed, much to my displeasure. It takes 2-3 weeks for a package to be delivered. Say goodbye to Amazon Prime 2-day shipping :-).
But with this shift comes a calm, quiet peace.
Have you ever noticed you are better able to function as God intended when you decelerate? Think about how you feel after you close your eyes and take a slow, deliberate breath. (Go ahead and take a breath like that right now. You know you need to!) Your body and mind slow down as you breathe and you can concentrate better. You have time to be thankful for what you have.
That’s how it is living here. People here don’t worry about the latest iPhone release, what you drive, if your clothes are dirty or have holes in them. You make do with what you have. You open your homes to your neighbors and share life with them. It’s taking me some time to get used to this change of pace but I am better for it.
Some days, being content with food and clothes is a hard one for me to swallow. But that is why we do life together. We are here to hold each other accountable to holiness and godliness. What do you need to lay down at the alter today? What area of discontentment is eating away at you, stealing your joy? Shall we breathe slowly and start afresh, thankful for what God has given us? Let’s do it! Share with me below what you are laying before God!