“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:5-6)
One of the first albums I ever purchased was “A Day in the Life” by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.* I was 16. Before that, I and most of my friends were into R&B song played on 45s. To the uninitiated, most vinyl records at that time were the smaller, two-song 45rpms (one song on each side) or the larger album sized 331/3 which contained multiple songs on both sides of the vinyl.
I still have that album all these years later. I also have it in a CD. It is one of the most mellow sets of music in my collection, and I still enjoy listening to it a half century after venturing into the record shop to buy it.
Yesterday, while out driving, my wife and I were reflecting on our lives (a little bit about the past, but mostly about the present), and we both concluded that we are content in life. We both still have room to grow and have a desire to serve, but we’re really not striving or stressed by what we don’t have or by what we have not accomplished.
A day in my life does not have the variety that it once had as my pace of living has purposefully slowed. There is a mellowness I’m able to experience more now than ever before. Now, when I do engage outside of myself, I’m able to experience more energy and focus because the distractions and distortions that might otherwise be in the foreground have shifted to the background.
Comedian, writer, director, producer Mel Brooks is famous for the saying “It’s good to be the fill in the blank” in his films. I think it’s good to be content. I have been given my portion. The boundary lines of my inheritance surround wonder, beauty and hope. It’s like a 331/3 album. There are many songs, and each one has contributed to my good.
It’s good to be content.
* “A Day In The Life,” recorded by Wes Montgomery at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1967.
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