By Sandy Traugott
Cherished Women’s Blog Writer
It only took my grandson a minute to jump out of the tree, while his summer plans instantly changed.
Accidents are all unexpected. How many of us wish we could rewind accidents?
There are no rewind buttons in life, just a play button. We have to face what the minutes bring us.
“We can’t determine what happens to us but we can determine our reaction.”
Caleb, an 8-year-old twin, and his brothers had just completed the school year and were anticipating summer fun. Swimming in pools, going to the beach, playing outside in their new tree house, entertaining their little sister, when in a minute, summer changed for Caleb.
Now he laid in the hospital waiting for his new cast.
I was attending the Discovery Women’s Advance when a text came, with pictures, to pray for Caleb. My discussion table supported me.
Wow, a full cast of his whole leg! Summer plans changed.
As the days unfolded, we saw Caleb decide to have an amazingly cheerful, contented heart. Yes, there was pain and some tears, but not self-pity or pouting or anger.
In the house his dad (and mom if needed) carried him anywhere he needed to go. He laid on the couch for 6 weeks.
When his family went to the beach for vacation, he stayed inside watching them enjoy the pool and beach. He was happy for them.
Once he said with a smile, “Sure I would RATHER be outside having fun, but oh well, this is where I am.” His chosen contentment was a gift to everyone around him.
Caleb visibly showed us what contentment looked like. Well done, Caleb!
Progressing to a half cast gave him mobility and he quickly learned the fun of crutches.
He will be cast free a few weeks before school begins.
Linda Dillow in her book, Calm My Anxious Heart, tells about a missionary, named Ella, who walked through a lifetime of hardship while displaying contentment. My heart was challenged by her prescription for commitment. You will see it posted on my refrigerator as my reality check and I often have to adjust my heart.
“Never allow yourself to complain about anything – not even the weather.
Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else.
Never compare your lot with another’s.
Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
Never dwell on tomorrow – remember that tomorrow is God’s not ours.”
What a challenging vision!
How are you doing with contentment?