Content with Ordinary Pleasures
by Grace Fox
Doing ministry in countries including Egypt, Nepal and Romania has changed my life. I now realize how I’ve taken so many ordinary pleasures for granted—clean tap water, a washer and dryer, a comfortable bed, an electric fan to cool me, a patio on which to grow potted flowers. The list seems infinite now.
I’ve seen the challenges faced by women of other countries and cultures as well as by those within my own country who are living in impoverished situations. Their creativity, flexibility, strength and perseverance leaves me in awe. It also encourages me to appreciate the simple pleasures I enjoy every day.
I don’t need a bigger house. I don’t need expensive furniture to fill it or more trinkets to decorate it. I don’t need a newer car—my 12-year-old Toyota Matrix runs just fine. I need to say no to the desire for more or better things and be content with the blessings already mine.
Someone once said, “Contentment is the greatest form of wealth.” If that’s true, then I pray God will make me a rich woman.
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries. www.gracefox.com