Dr. Mike Toups came to check the eyes of the children. He has done these examinations every year for over 20 years.

 

We cannot turn back the clock. What is done is done. What has happened has happened. Contentment is ceasing to look back with “if only” in your mind. The list of “if only” that I have is very long. “If only” I would have had that bump checked I would not be ill.  “If only” I would have slowed down I would not have had that accident. We all have :if only” in our lives.

Some things in my life can and need to be changed. Some things must be accepted. I have a sister-in-law who has had Lou Gehrig’s disease for 20 years and confined to a wheel chair and yet her positive attitude is off the chart. Her contentment as a wife and mother has never wavered.

Contentment is the strength of character to set aside what I want long enough to discern if the circumstance is something I can or cannot change. I need to make the most of my life.

My wife, Dottie, had 3 children by natural childbirth. All three were retarded and had a heart defect. They died at one day, eleven months and nine years. Dottie never said “Why?” or “Why did God allow this to happen?” She was content in that she could not change the situation. Her attitude was the spring board to us adopting 9 children as well as raising nearly 6000 children here in Guatemala.

When we are content with the things we cannot change we give God something to bless us with. Accepting the consequences of a circumstance does not mean we condon the cause. We have to come to terms with the fact that some things are irreversible. Contentment realizes some things cannot change but people can change.