Two Straws and a Pair of Pants

I have had this blog on my heart for a few days now and I’m finally getting a chance to write it! Thanks for reading!

Often times on Sunday mornings, I will step outside of our church building and just watch the people that pass by. Most of them are dressed in their Sunday best headed to church. It’s a really neat sight to see. But this Sunday, a kid caught my eye.

He was about 4 year old. His pants were too small for him, so you saw half of his bare bottom and he had two straws. He was walking down the street by himself, tossing the straws up and catching them.

And the part that stuck out to me? He was perfectly content.

Content with his pants that were a few sizes too small. Content with his two straws.

And my prayer at that moment was that I could be like that kid.

Content.

Living in Madagascar, it is normal to see kids even as young as 3 begging on the streets by themselves. I have seen so many people digging through big heaps of trash to find something that they could sell or eat. It brings the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to reality. There is one lady that I have seen multiple times who sits her chair on a mound of trash. Another man can’t walk and I see him quite frequently scooting himself down the road for long distances because he has no wheelchair and getting on a bus in his condition by himself is next to impossible.

And then I see my life. I have a nice bed to sleep on. I have food every day. I can walk down the street whenever I would like.

Yet, I still find things to complain about.

(insert conviction here.)

Paul says it best in Philippians chapter 4: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

So today, my prayer and encouragement for all of us is that we can be content.

Just like Paul.

And just like the kid with 2 straws.

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