Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 3

Be Content (Without the Spit)

There is something about Mason that often causes me to just watch him playing for long periods of time. I get lost in it, like reading a really good book. He just seems to enjoy life as he coos, laughs, and plays/attempts to eat his toys. There is no stress or worry in his little, innocent life. On the floor, when he has a stuffed animal or a toy in his hands, it’s pure contentment for him as he talks to it (…and clamps the only tooth he has into it). At 4 months old, he already truly appreciates what he has been given…especially when what he has been given is milk! Although Mason isn’t able to communicate a ‘Thank you, Mom!’; when his face lights up with a smile or laugh, it’s definitely message received.

Wouldn’t be great to live with that same strong sense of contentment? To be content with what we have without always needing more or something better? We live in a world where there is an overwhelming number of things to do, see, own, etc. I am NOT saying that it’s wrong to want to experience as many of these things or enjoy as many of these things as you can in your lifetime. I’m also NOT trying to communicate to you that everyone should settle as opposed to striving for the best.

However, you will never experience true happiness and contentment from these things without appreciating what you have. We need to live more like the ‘Masons’ of the world (…without the spit!). Happiness comes from having an appreciation for the things we have and the people that we have to share those things with. By doing this, we can be as content as Mason.

My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with it’s mother; like a weaned child I am content.

Psalm 131:1-2 (NIV)

Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Matthew 19:3 (NLT)

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