I’ve been hit with a recurring theme over the past few weeks. Does that happen to you? The sermons at church, my books, quiet time, they all seem to point in the same direction. One single word: discontentment. Discontentment is such an easy states to slip into because it is our natural state. We quickly turn to things, people, or prestige to fill us up. Surely if I can just get/achieve/obtain/purchase ______________, then I will be happy, right?
“I am not saying this because I am in need, 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13, NIV
But then I read something like this section from Philippians and realize that THIS is what I’m missing. If I could just have this mindset, I might find all that I want and need. Paul is writing from the bottom of the pit, literally. When he wrote this letter it was as a prisoner in a jail that likely stacked one cell upon another, and his was at the bottom. Imagine what falls from the top to the very bottom… “ I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”
As I look at my life I want to sort through this disease of discontentment. I don’t want to play this game that robs my peace and ruins my priorities.
More to come