Just Right

May 3, 2024

“I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 
I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty.
In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret
of being well-fed and of going hungry,
of having plenty and of being in need.”
Philippians 4:11-12

Friday, I had a completely new experience. I went to the Gwinnett County Courthouse to
witness a trial. It was intense as everyone entered the room. There was a lot of whispering
and even some giggling. We all stood, the judge took her seat, banged the gavel and court
was in session.

The charges were breaking and entering. It seems that the defendant went into someone
else’s house and took what did not belong to her. There was some destruction of property
as well.

Both the defense and the prosecution called several witnesses. Each one had their own
perspective on what had happened. Some of them were persuasive, others simply stating
what happened. After an hour and half, the jury went out for deliberation.

The verdict came down: Goldilocks is guilty of breaking and entering! When it came time
for sentencing the prosecution wanted 15 years in prison. When the defence was asked their opinion on
sentencing, they said, “maybe like one week.” The judge thought that a week of
cleaning at the home she broke into would be sufficient. She then asked Goldilocks what
she thought her sentence should be. Goldilocks said, “I think I could be in jail for one year!”
Apparently, she was not skilled in negotiation!

As you can see this was not a legitimate trial! It was fun though. Noah’s class had a mock
trial at the courthouse. Goldilocks was being prosecuted! We all learn a lesson from
Goldilocks, and it is the same instruction that we receive from Paul in his letter to the
Philippian church. We are to be content with what we have. There will times when we have
more than we need and times when we might think we need more, yet it is in times of
contentment that we experience the joy of Christ.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Caroline