Monday, August 7, 2017

Traffic Jam Contentment

by Andrea Renee Cox

How do you handle a traffic jam?

Yesterday morning, I read Philippians 4, and the two verses that leapt out at me were these:

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
Philippians 4:11-12 NKJ

My family headed home from a weekend trip shortly after I read that section, and wouldn’t you know that would be the day of bursts of heavy rain that slowed us down, a side trip that was for naught, and multiple traffic jams that had us inching along slower than a slug.


But I didn’t panic. Or freak out. Or get frustrated at any of it.




I held onto the truth of those verses, that I might be content in any situation… and apparently any situation included everything I faced yesterday.

Instead of coming at the scenarios in a negative fashion, I chose to make good use of my time and be happy doing such. I nearly finished reading a book, listened to some great praise music, and even wrote a fantastic motorcycle chase scene for a thriller I’ve got simmering on the back burner of my mind these days. It turned out to be quite a productive day for me, and all from the backseat of a car! (Have I ever mentioned that I love road trips?)

When have you last chosen to be content in a situation that could easily breed frustration?

What tips do you have for seeing the bright side in such moments?


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