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The Secret of Contentment

Cory Cole

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Last week's blog was about humility and how we all have our part in glorifying God. As a follow-up, this week I wanted to talk about contentment. Being content is a topic I've had to study out multiple times in my faith; it's so easy to get overwhelmed with our day to day struggles and responsibilities and to constantly long for better circumstances. In my experiences, having that mindset has allowed me to miss out on the joy I can have every day. More recently, I've been pondering on what Paul says about contentment.

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

- PHILIPPIANS 4:12-13

First, I'd like to share that reading Paul's words while keeping in mind that "any and every situation" to him is far more severe than anything I've experienced really puts my life back into perspective. Secondly, I've really started to digest what he's saying in this passage, what his secret to contentment is. "I can do all this through him who gives me strength," I've heard this phrase so much in my life, I've read this scripture multiple times. But what's the actual secret, what does Paul's statement here really mean?

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The secret to contentment really is to understand that we are nothing without God, that he enables us to endure adversity. It's is God's strength that gets us through difficult times. If we don't understand this truth, if we don't have a hope and faith in this secret, we will always be discontent in our circumstances. I think this just goes to show that there is so much power in the perspectives we hold in our minds. Paul rejoices boldly and finds contentment as he is persecuted and imprisoned for spreading the good news of Christ. If he is able to do all of this because of his understanding in this godly perspective, imagine how much better we could glorify God in our own daily circumstances!


Thanks for reading! I hope that throughout this week we can all set an example for those around us by doing everything without grumbling and by remembering that God enables us to do great things if we believe in him!
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Until next week,

CORY

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