Last night we had a youth rally in the park. American teens lounged around in the thick, cool grass. The warm summer breeze carried the fragrance of flowers and trees. Our kids ate hot dogs and played volleyball, they had waterfights and slurped up big slices of watermelon. We gathered for some worship under the bright evening sky, singing to a God who has blessed us beyond measure.
A world away there are Haitian teens facing another night in a very different park. 25,000 people live in tents in that park, so close together that there is no more grass. They eat what is available, and hope that the water they drink will not make them sick. The evening summer breeze carries with it the smell of 50 port-a-potties, a reminder that in Haiti there is not enough of anything to go around. They might play jumprope on the sidewalk, or they may just sit and watch thousands of cars go by, breathing in dust and diesel and the smell of burning garbage. I wonder if they ever sing?
Shawn shared a familiar passage, Phillipians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I believe that passage to be true.
Last night he read it in context. Check it out.
"...for I have learned whatever state I am in, to be content. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:11-13
CONTENTMENT. Something to think about today.
What are you grateful for?