Content to be you…

Posted January 9th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Good morning friends!  I read this yesterday in my devotional Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman, and wanted to share its tender wisdom.  I desire, like the Apostle Paul, to be able to state this verse as fact… but if I honestly examine myself, I have not attained this attitude in all the “whatevers” thrown my way.

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  

Philippians 4:11

A story is told of a king who went to his garden one morning, only to find everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was. The oak said it was tired of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree. The pine was troubled because it could not bear grapes like the grapevine. The grapevine was determined to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and produce fruit as large as peaches. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac.

And so it went throughout the garden. Yet coming to a violet, the king found its face as bright and happy as ever and said, “Well, violet, I’m glad to find one brave little flower in the midst of this discouragement. You don’t seem to be the least disheartened.” The violet responded, “No, I’m not. I know I’m small, yet I thought if you wanted an oak or a pine or a peach tree or even a lilac, you would have planted one. Since I knew you wanted a violet, I’m determined to be the best little violet I can be.”

Others may do a greater work,

But you have your part to do;

And no one in all God’s family

Can do it as well as you.

What is your part? What has God placed in your life that you are willing to share or do without reservation? Lord we long for the garden of our heart to be fit for our King!


I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19

live blessed!



One Response to “Content to be you…”

  1. Leah Johnson says:

    Wonderful! My mom brought my attention to this post from you, after I shared with her about my constant struggles I go through when comparing my life with others–mainly my single/married family/friends living all different lives than me. I get stuck envying them in small ways, wondering and wastefully thinking about the whys and hows of their lives work. But now I’m learning not to care so much about it! I need to be a beautiful violet and continue to grow small just where God planted me :) Thanks again!

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