"Four characteristics necessary for living successfully in another culture are
- A sense of humor"
As I thought more about these comments from a seminar speaker, I was struck by the truth of his statement.
It seems that flexibility is a positive attribute for us all - whether in familiar surroundings or foreign settings. But what is flexibility? Flexibility can mean bending without breaking. When applied to life's circumstances, flexibility is the unique ability
NOT BE TROUBLED BY UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES and look for alternatives. Flexibility requires the skill of adapting our lives to the resources available, working creatively with what we possess rather than worrying or fretting over what we don't possess or what is not possible. It is the process leading to contentment with the present situation.
The Apostle Paul understood this concept well. In his letter to the church at Philippi, he shared these thoughts on flexibility,
"...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." (Philippians 4:11-12 NIV)
Notice that Paul says I have LEARNED to be content (flexible) - implying that flexibility is a learned skill. This week let us take a step in learning the lesson of flexibility - contentment and creativity with the present circumstances.