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The Revolution Today: A Blogger’s Contentment
Benjamin Franklin would have been a great blogger. If Franklin were alive today, there is no doubt he would be blogging. He would not be able to resist the ability to ...

The Revolution Today: A Blogger’s Contentment

Benjamin Franklin would have been a great blogger.

If Franklin were alive today, there is no doubt he would be blogging. He would not be able to resist the ability to instantly express his opinion or post a new witty saying on the Internet through electronic commentaries or diaries known as blogs. Blogging would thrill a man with his writing ability and wit.

Franklin spent his building years doing just that, building his business and pursuing happiness. Franklin lived the American dream, and if he could have invented that idea, he would have. What drove him still drives us today: the pursuit for contentment, that desire to find meaning and happiness in life.

And just as Franklin took a moment to reflect on his life when he celebrated the twelfth anniversary of his almanac, so we often look at birthdays or anniversaries as moments to check our contentment scale.

“It’s almost birthday time for me 42 years old and as I was taking stock of my life, I couldn’t help but compare myself with some of my Baylor [University] college roommates and the successes they’ve had,” Brad Randall wrote on his blog.

This Dallas attorney then turned his attention to those college roommates as they pursued life, liberty, and happiness. “One such roommate is an official in the [George W.] Bush administration, married to an accomplished author. Another is a justice on the Texas Supreme Court wow!! (though he might be praying each night that I’ve forgotten some things from those college days). Still another roommate, a native of Nigeria, is now a doctor who travels from his home in California each year at his own expense to provide free medical care to residents of his home village,” Randall continued.

Comparisons are just that comparisons. They often lead us to examine our own lives, but they aren’t the leading markers on the contentment scale. External indicators often fall far short. Contentment comes from within.

“Successes all, for sure, and enough to make me wonder what I could have accomplished if I had chosen different paths. But hey, along with a job which I can tolerate and occasionally enjoy (and that pays the bills, kinda-sorta), I have a loving wife, two incredible boys, close family, and good friends. It’s more than just ‘being content where I am,’ like the Apostle Paul. It’s realizing that God is very good, and He has really blessed me. That’s plenty of success for me,” Randall concluded.

“I also picked some pretty awesome roommates,” he added.

Just as the Revolutionary War began within the hearts of the colonists, so contentment begins with a heart focused on the things that truly matter in life.

Prayer

God, I rest in you in this moment, in a posture of contentment. Naked you brought me in the world, and naked I will leave. Place the seed of contentment in me and allow it to blossom this week.

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that”

(1 Timothy 6:7, 8).


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