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 calebinbedoutside 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.

calebbypoolOnce 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.img_0919

Never dwell on tomorrow – remember that tomorrow is God’s not ours.”

What a challenging vision!

How are you doing with contentment?

Sandy Traugott

About Sandy Traugott

The “reality of eternity" is woven throughout Sandy Traugott life’s tapestry. Drawn to Jesus at 10 years old, she grew up writing her questions and thoughts to her Lord. Instead of a career, she pursued the Word of God at Florida Bible College. After graduating, she joined the staff at a ministry duplicating Francis & Edith Schaeffer’s ministry, L’Abri. After marriage, Sandy’s family became her ministry focus. She home schooled their five children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters, for 20 years. Throughout her life circumstances, she has learned He alone is her only hope and joy. Sandy has had deep sorrow intertwined with joy. After a car accident, her 13-year-old son Daniel entered his heavenly home. Her granddaughter Esther Grace, is also safely tucked with Jesus. Sandy's nine endearing grandchildren call her “Nonni.” Sandy is excited to be serving in many areas at Discovery Church and she delights in facilitating "Refresh Retreats." Refresh with God

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