Appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. If we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures”
 
As I write this it’s an early summer morning in June. Dawn is breaking, there’s a gentle rain falling, and the birds are singing. The windows are open and the sound of the falling rain is soft but clear. I love the sound of a gentle rain, especially in the early morning. I find it soothing and I’m grateful for such a peaceful way to begin the day.
 
Actually, I should be working by now. But the moment is too good to pass up. I choose to sit here and savor it. My thoughts have also drifted to the time, just a week and a half ago, when Linda and I were at our son’s house in Texas to visit our new grandbaby. He’s the cutest and best grandson in the history of the world (he really is) and as I sat there holding him, with his little head resting on my chest, he seemed perfectly content to just lie there and bond with grandpa. I was content too. Deeply content. And I didn’t want the moment to end.
 
In 1 Timothy 6:6-8 the Apostle Paul was teaching his young protégé Timothy (and by extension us) to learn to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Pause for them; sit with them; enjoy them; savor the moment. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying that “The best things in life are not things.” That’s what Paul meant. The best times in life usually consist of special moments with God and with special people.
 
Yesterday I shared a little wisdom with you from one of my favorite contemporary philosophers, Snoopy, the dog from the Peanuts comic strip. This morning we’ll end with a little more. Snoopy says: “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.”
 
Yes, godliness with contentment is great gain. Savor the moment. Enjoy the simple pleasures.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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