Monday, March 2
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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:12-13
When I was growing up, my best friend talked about her parents' marriage and said they were "content," which for her was a negative. In her mind, content meant boring. Content meant stale. Content meant unsatisfied in some way. I accepted that definition as my own. Don't we all want excitement? Passion? Growth? Who would want to just be content?
As an adult, I have a completely different view of contentment. I now see it as being gratified, serene, and fulfilled. I pray for that in my life. I could easily be described as a "Type A" personality - always rushing to do more, be better, and achieve success. I love goals and measuring things. But the older I get, the more I ask the Lord to help me slow down, appreciate the incredible blessings in my life, and be content with who I am and what I have.
I love the Apostle Paul's phrasing in his letter to the Philippians - the secret of being content. It is like a secret - something hidden - because, in today's world, we are expected to constantly want more. We admire overachievers who have made a lot of money, or have a nicer house than ours, or whose children are better behaved than ours. Aren't we supposed to strive for more? But I crave the peace of contentment and I know I truly can do "everything through him who gives me strength" and that gives me hope to live a fulfilled life.
Heavenly Father, please lead me to be content in all things simply through the knowledge that I am a child of God and nothing could ever be better than that. Amen