The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Contentment | Whatever Circumstances
…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Philippians 4:11
“But why can’t I have it?” whined Amy. “I need it. Everybody else has one.” She dogged her mother’s footsteps through the house, listing the reasons she needed the hottest new technological gadget. Her mother patiently explained their financial situation and the fact that Amy already owned a similar three-year-old gadget in good working condition. “But I feel so depressed when I see my friends with theirs and I still have that old one. Pleeeease?” Her mother sighed and turned to face Amy. “Sweetie, it’s time you faced some facts about life. Stuff does not keep depression away because stuff doesn’t buy happiness. Even if you had a new one, you’d want something else in a few months. And besides…you’re thirty-five years old!”
That whining child inside each of us can become more demanding around the holidays. It pouts, envies, and justifies overspending because, well, everybody else is doing it. The contentment Paul learned was a state of mind, not a state of circumstance. He had chosen to be joyful, even when hungry, cold, tired, or abused. That only happens when we’ve had a serious encounter with the Lord. We hand over all our rights and expectations to Him, trusting that He will give us what we need in the moment. We can only do that when we’ve developed a trusting relationship with Jesus. When we believe that He has our best interest in mind, we can swallow disappointment and trust Him anyway. Contentment is the ultimate act of faith.
Final Thought: How trusting is your relationship with Jesus? Do you believe that He has your best interest in mind?
Prayer: Lord, you know all the reasons I find it hard to trust. I want to, but the pressure to get more is so great I start listening to it more than I listen to you. And it makes me discontent. Forgive me for being a whining child. I trust you. Amen.