For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11b-14 (NLB)

My quiet, ordered house temporarily vanished last week as I found myself stepping gingerly around toys, books, crayons, stuffed horses, and special blankets scattered throughout. The annual visit with our grandgirlies was upon us and it was great fun. From horseback riding lessons to swimming to shopping, we tackled all with gusto. Even a ride on the golf cart was a new experience for my three girls. New restaurants, shopping malls, even a trip to get a haircut were adventures. But when you are six or eight, it feels like it is all ending too soon. Several times during the week, I heard a little voice say, “I wish we could do this again. Can we do it tomorrow?” Or “I wish I could do what my sister just did.” I chuckled when my daughter asked them as only a mother can, “do you want a piece of pie or the whole pie?”They knew that meant that they should be happy with what they had rather than “wishing” for something they would not get. How many times do follow that same drill? Rather than being thankful for the lovely home, reliable car, good health, or great friends, we look across the street and envy our neighbor. We complain and whine making it difficult for anyone to meet our needs…even our Heavenly Father. I know there are times when He must just shake his head as I continue to ask for the same things over and over. The apostle Paul gave us good advice when he encouraged us to be content with whatever we have. However, I notice that even Paul had to learn contentment just as we work to teach our girls..and maybe ourselves. However, the good news is that it is mission possible. Christ is the answer and He is the one who gives us the strength to live each day without”wishing.”