The word for today and the last little while in my life is “Peace.”
Tonight I found myself eating dinner out on my patio with my wife and two daughters. Anita let a steak thaw out today so I could have it for dinner. I grilled some hotdogs for her and Savannah Grace. (I know, no need to tell me, I’m a romantic…. steak and hotdogs) The weather is perfect here in Atlanta right now and as Savannah Grace came to the table from playing in the back yard I caught a glimpse of how good I’ve got it.
In comparison to most of our friends here and the American perspective on success, I don’t have a lot. In fact, I even said to Anita tonight, “We don’t have much babe, but what we got is good.” But comparison doesn’t do a whole lot expect frustrate those on the perceived short end.
The truth is that as in debt as we are, (thanks Private Baptist University and “credit culture”) our little family is more than likely in the top 15% of the world’s wealthy. God has sustained us over the last year as we learned to live off one salary. He has provided extra work for me in order to maintain a nice house, electricity, water, natural gas, and two vehicles.
I complain way too much about what I don’t have. I’m sick of being that guy. Instead, I will make every effort to enjoy the peace that God has laid on my life. Peace that I have a Savior for eternity. Peace in the love of my wife. Peace in the health and laughter of my daughters. Peace in the blessing of my incredible job. Peace in the friends that surround me and encourage me. Peace that God in Heaven is concerned about me. He knows the hairs on my head. I will embrace this peaceful time and prepare my heart for the days that the storms come. Don’t forget that He promises the storms as much as the peace. And as I find myself in those storms, I will remember that my God has not abandoned me. He is with me even till the end of the age. I will remember that the days of Peace will come again. If not here on Earth, I will wait for those days in my ultimate home in Heaven.