I am a huge University of Tennessee Volunteer fan, both in size (I’m a big guy) and in passion. We haven’t had a lot to cheer recently, but I think that this is about to change. I’m an optimist.
Last year I was blessed to have 2 tickets to several UT men’s basketball games. I took my wife, a few relatives, and a couple of friends. But the best part of it was that I was able to take all of my kids to one game each.
It was when Jonathan went with me that one of the neatest things happened. Yes, I still use the word neat. Don’t judge me.
Through a strange turn of events we were able to trade our tickets for tickets to seats just 3 rows up from the floor. We made it down to our new seats just seconds before the game started.
I was elated. I had never sat in better seats and I was with my son who is the biggest sports fan out of all my kids. I looked at him and saw a huge smile cross his face.
“What do you think about sitting here, buddy? Pretty awesome, huh?”
“Yeah,” he said. Then he pointed way up toward the corner of the 20,000+ seat arena. “But I wish we could sit up there.”
There we were, sitting close to the action near the court and he wants to sit in a place where everyone on the court would look similar -to orange-and-white-clad ants. I couldn’t believe it.
Until I sensed God say “Christians are just like that sometimes–you’re just like that sometimes.”
We can be in a good place of service. We can be spiritually where others wish that they could be. We can be right in the middle of a lot of action and excitement.
And we can grow discontent.
We can look somewhere else and wish that we were there even though where we are is really much better.
What’s wrong with us? Why can’t we be happy with where we are and what we have?
There is nothing wrong with ambition if it is driven by the right things. Sadly, this isn’t often the case. We often long for what we don’t have simply because we don’t have it.
We need to be like the Apostle Paul. We need to learn to be content.
I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content
Contentment doesn’t come naturally nor does it come easily.
It is learned.
Sometimes it is learned the hard way–by having everything stripped from us.
May we seek to learn contentment the easy way–by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us.
If we are sitting where God wants us to sit, we need enjoy the view and stop longing for the cheap seats.
What is the neatest sports-related thing that has ever happened to you?
Why do you think we are often so discontent?