Did you want to be an artist when you grew up? I know I did. Well, my mother is an artist—for real. She’s a watercolorist, and has opened a gallery in the little Scandinavian town where I grew up—it’s called Countryside Arts. Whenever I go home to visit, Mom shows me all her newest pieces, and I ooh and aah over them. Inevitably, there will be one painting that will leap off the walls. I’ll put dibbs on it, and drag out my checkbook. So far, I have five of my Mom’s paintings on my walls at home. But my favorite has to be my most recent purchase. It’s called “Constant Drip.”
It’s a painting of the faucet over the bathtub in the old farmhouse where I spent my childhood. It shows the old-fashioned knobs and a slightly cockeyed spout against white tile. The morning sun catches the glass bottles of bubble bath, the ring on the white rubber stopper for the drain, and the single drop of water that glistens on the verge of release. “Constant Drip” is the perfect title because over the years, that tub has known the infrequent plinking of water.
Now it hangs over my bathtub, and serves as a dual reminder for me. It reminds me of my childhood home, capturing something both mundane and precious to me. But the painting’s second purpose is to serve as a reminder of that verse in Proverbs: “A continuous dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike” (Proverbs 27:15). As the woman of the house, how am I conducting myself? Am I making our house a place of welcome and peace, or am I a source of frustration and annoyance for those closest to me?
Nagging, complaining, and other signs of a lack of contentment can wear a person down. Let’s take a look at the flip side now. What does the Bible have to say about taking a cheerful approach to life? See
Proverbs 12:25; Proverbs 15:30; Proverbs 15:13,15; and 1 Thessalonians 5:16.
Excerpted from Cultivating Contentment. Copyright ©2004 by Thomas Nelson. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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