Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned him to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 1 Corinthians 7:17
For the past eight years I have been participating in a long term study with the University of Kentucky for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This study records my steady decline in cognitive capability, tracks my mental health over the years, monitors my health, and accesses my general outlook on life. At the end of my life, the University of Kentucky gets my brain for scientific research in hopes of finding a cure for this dreadful disease. Throughout the many visits to the study site over the years, I am asked a vast array of questions as I conduct my annual long term study visit. Two particular questions stick out in my mind as I write this devotion:
- Do you think other people are better off than you are?
- Are you happy with your life in general?
I always respond with the same answer at each visit. To the first question about people being better off than you, I answer NO! To the second question about are you happy with your life, I always answer YES!
Some people are quite surprised by my responses to these two questions. How can I be content with my life as I deal with the demands of early onset Alzheimer’s disease? Why don’t I feel that others are better off than me? Well, today’s passage sheds some light on these questions. The Apostle Paul is writing to the church in Corinth and tells them that they should live confidently and contently in whatever station in life God has placed them.
Paul pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject as I deal with the daily demands of dementia. God continues to provide me confidence, comfort, contentment, counsel, strength, sustainment, peace, and pleasure as I go about my day. What more could I ask for as I continue to serve Him in spite of my disease?
The Apostle Paul had very wise counsel for the brothers and sisters in Corinth. His wise counsel still stands solid for us today. No matter what your station in life may be, commit it to the Lord and He will direct your path in accordance with His will. Like Solomon declared, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).”
Therefore, trust in Him today and learn to be content!