Contentment

On our hunting adventure yesterday we were riding horses up this canyon looking for deer, and it was long and it was very steep. The horses were working hard, puffing and panting, and very sweaty. We would stop periodically to look with our binoculars and spotting scopes for deer, then we would get back on the horses and ride up the canyon some more. On one of those stops when Seth got back on his horse, he was about half way on when his horse decided he had enough for the day and started at a run back down the trail the way we had come. As Seth attempted to get fully seated and stop the horse he started bucking. Seth held on for a bit and then flew off the horse and hit the ground. As I watched this whole thing unfold I thought surely he broke something, but Seth jumped up and started chasing the horse down the trail and caught him, and got back on. Tough kid.

I commented in my last blog on how important the character trait of contentment was in wanting, really wanting, dreaming big dreams, super big dreams, and setting big, hairy, audacious goals, and then experiencing the disappointment of not pulling it off. A key passage of scripture for me is   Psalms 37:7-8  “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;  Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.”

The word “fret” is a cool word. It sounds a bit like worry, but worry and anxiety are about the future, and fretting is about an event that happened in the past, like a few minutes ago past, that we don’t like, the final score is in and we lost. “Rest in the Lord” another cool set of words full of meaning. “Rest” doesn’t mean sit in your recliner, it means we have a safety net in life. Go out and risk big, try something that is hard. If it doesn’t happen “don’t fret”. God still loves you, you are still going to heaven, you  have grown in a number of ways because of the effort, you are much more apt to win the next time, you had a great adventure, and life is good.

 

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