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LEARNING CONTENTMENT

Anna Persson2Last year, I was able to go to Nicaragua on my first mission trip. When we arrived in the village where we would work, I was astonished by what I saw. The living conditions broke my heart. A beautiful woman named Margarita told us that a house fire had left her whole family sleeping on one twin-size mattress, which they were renting. On our last day, we were able to give her family a new mattress and some food. She cried tears of joy over what seemed to us a small gift. I was also amazed by how joyful and loving the children were. I was blessed to meet Franciela. The smallest things meant the world to her, from playing with the magnetic flap on my Bible to taking pictures on my phone. I pray that all of us will learn to find joy and contentment in the little things.

—Anna Persson, 18

 

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:12b (NIV)

REFLECT: The people I served during a recent mission trip to Haiti challenged me to grow in my walk with the Lord. Even though they have few material goods, they believe that in knowing Christ they have more than enough. Their worship is not focused on possessions but on God, who saves them. Too often we consume to excess, which hinders our spiritual lives. Let’s put down our technology, let go of our stuff, and get back to the essentials of knowing Christ.

—Theron St. John, 24

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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