I’ve been working through the second set of verses in week one of The Reset Girl’s Faithful Life Challenge.
I grew up with nearly nothing, but most of the things I needed. You see, I never really had a covetous heart for material things; but I can always remember seeing others longingly when it came to their relationship with their family or friends, their carefree spirits, and their intellectual ideas. I struggle profoundly with wanting to be more; for example, even as an elementary student I struggled with covetousness of this kind.
I don’t have many memories from my childhood, but I have a couple. One of them includes me sitting in a third grade classroom. The teacher had just read a book depicting a wooden bridge that had fallen apart due to rainfall and storms. A bright little girl (who also seems to be just a bright these days) piped in to say that it was just like cereal on the rim of a cereal bowl. When they are left on the rim, the cereal hardens, but as the cereal falls into the milk it becomes soggy and brittle. I, to this day, remember how jealous I was that she had come up with that and I hadn’t.
As you can see from a young age, I’ve struggled with the sin of this variety of covetousness. I imagine I’m not alone, but us creatives have a slightly different mind than others, so I imagine I indulge in this sin a little more frequently than others.
I’m thankful that Cori chose to focus her challenge on contentment because I think God knew I needed it. I’ve been struggling with contentment in my marriage, my self, and my place in life. I’m thankful she chose to share with us, so that we might reflect inwardly. I’m really enjoying this challenge, and I can’t wait to see what I take out of the scriptures that she has chosen.