Learn to be Content
“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” — Philippians 4:11
How many contented Christians do you know? Think about it! Now let’s reverse the thought. How many complaining Christians do you know? The ratio would be very large in comparison. It is easy to find complaining Christians and it is very difficult to find contented Christians. The same things may happened to both groups but the actions and the reactions will greatly differ.
Have you noticed how it seems some Christians only talk about their tragedies, medical issues and family problems? Sometimes you ask them how things are going and thirty minutes later, you wished that you had never asked. Someone said, “When you have a pain, don’t be one.” A pastor said to one deacon, “You are always negative, I wish that just one time you would be positive.” The deacon slowly said, “I am positive it won’t work.” It seems to be natural to gripe, murmur and complain. As one song goes, “Gloom and agony and despair. If it wasn’t for bad luck I would have no luck at all.”
Contentment is not natural, it must be learned. Paul said, I have learned…to be content.” At one time Paul was not content. “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life (II Corinthians 8:12). After many years of trials and experiences of seeing God in control. Paul finally learned to be content. He was content when he was abased and also when he abounded. The struggles of life did not rob him of his contentment. Paul chose to be content no matter what happened. So contentment is something that must be learned and practiced.
Now let’s get personal. Are you content? Do you look at what you have lost or what you have left? Do you see problems instead of possibilities? It’s not what happens to you but in you that makes the difference. No matter what the situation may be you must learn to be content. Complaining and gripping has never solved a problem but can only makes it worse. Stop complaining and start being content!
Seek to practice contentment no matter what happens!