Nothing brings us closer together than a whole lot of food with the ones who annoy us most, family. It’s always good practice to take this appointed time to consider the many unmerited blessings we have. As I considered what I am thankful for, Paul’s words continued to speak to my heart.
“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
Our ability to be thankful is so strongly bonded to our ability to find contentment in EVERY situation. At that moment in time, Paul had undergone more suffering for the sake of Christ than any of us would know in a lifetime. Still in the midst of his suffering he learned to be content. Contentment is somewhat easier in the bountiful season, but in a season of drought our gratitude towards God’s gift of life is most tested.
What was Paul’s secret? He knew the One who gave his soul outmost satisfaction, so that even in the most difficult trials he held onto His promises because he trusted in His faithfulness. Paul’s contentment came from his knowledge that all that we endure in this life is only temporary and eternity awaits us with a greater reward. Whether in plentiful or in need, he was holding onto Christ who gave him the strength to overcome every season.
So let’s remember, beyond being thankful, let’s be content.
May your day be graciously adventurous (& filled with all the wonderful warm flavors of the season!),