Sunday, May 13, 2012

Problems in "Paradise"


           The Meal, 1891, by Paul Gauguin


The world thinks their place a paradise,
Endless summers, pleasure-filled.

They gaze right past the summer fruit,
Right on past the blessings
That pursue them day by day,
Seeing only troubles.

But godliness with contentment is great gain... (1 Timothy 6:6 ESV)


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12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice bit on perception and what we choose to see...it is easy to see the troubles and miss the blessings for sure...

The Poetic Homemaker said...

This is something I need to work on - being able to see more blessings and less "troubles."

Great thoughts!

Trellissimo said...

All down to the point of view - as usual...

Lyn said...

The poetry lets us stop and see the wonders...we just have to try!

Carrie Burtt said...

Wise and true words Jim. :-)

Jim Swindle said...

Brian Miller, yes, it's so easy to miss them.
The Poetic Homemaker, at times I've kept a special journal just to record daily things I'm thankful for.
Trellissimo, our point of view does make a huge difference, yet there's more than that.
Lyn, isn't it interesting that people think of this sad painting as great art? (I'm not saying it isn't.)
Carrie Burtt, thanks for encouragement.

Laurie Kolp said...

Interesting... the grass is always greener on the other side, right?

Tess Kincaid said...

Sadly...we do...

Kutamun said...

Too true, so many of our western playgrounds are sad facades of exploitation .

Sue said...

Perspective is everything, and we can all benefit from changing ours now and again.

=)

Trudy Callan said...

Thanks so much for this reminder to put our focus on our blessings instead of our problems. Surely our blessings far outweigh our problems, in most cases anyway, if we can just see it. You have a lovely blog.

It was a pleasure meeting you tonight at the park, and thanks for the sermon cd and sharing the figs. My kids loved them.

Jim Swindle said...

Laurie Kolp, Yes, usually, but not if God teaches us contentment. See Philippians 4:11.
Tess Kincaid, thanks for the photo prompt and the opportunity to share with others.
Kutamun thanks for stopping by. The image actually was painted in Tahiti.
Sue, you're right.
Trudy Callan, meeting you was a pleasure.