Learn To Be Content In All Things

Learn To Be Content In All Things

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Being content and being thankful can go hand and hand. I am going to turn this on myself for a second because I have a huge problem with always being content. I always work harder and I always want more, never really being content with what I already have.

As I was sitting one day complaining about the things that everyone else has and complaining about what I have not been able to achieve yet, God spoke to me as clear as day. He told me that there are many people in the world that would kill to have what I had, and He reminded me that I was being unthankful.

To further prove His point, I was watching Life Today with James Robinson. There I saw a children who were drinking dirty water and were faced with the possibility of being dehydrated or drinking bacterial contaminated water. Both choices could lead to death. Once again God spoke to me. Because on any given no matter how bad things are for me, I could walk to a sink and get water without worrying about being killed by it.

Talk about an eye opening experience. In the Bible Paul says:
“ 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

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This is a crazy statement considering he was in jail and getting persecuted when he said this. If it were me, I would wonder what in the world there was to be content about? Why would I want to be thankful about my life being hard and falling apart?

I think there are a few things that Paul wanted to point out by this.

Paul was doing what he knew God was telling him to do. And as long as he was doing what he was called to do then he was satisfied. He opted not to look at his outside circumstance and see what was wrong, but to see what he was doing right.

No he was not living in the life of lavish and luxury. So what? He was not living a life that the world would consider as as success but he was spreading the good news and therefore he was content. Paul’s words and life is something that is being used to teach Christians up until this day.

The point I am trying to get is that in this Thanksgiving season, it is so easy for us to name the simple things that we are Thankful for. But do we really mean it or are we just reciting something that we know we should be thankful for; and in the back of our minds we are going over and over in our minds what we do not have?

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I am not going to lie. I struggle with this and it is hard to not want more, especially in the American culture. In our culture we tend to measure success by what we have and not by what we do. Even though I love what I do, I always struggle with the fact that I do not feel that I have enough. And as a Christian this a a problem. God does not want me to love material things more than I love the purpose that He gives me.

This does not mean that God wants all Christians to walk around being poor or struggling. But He does not want the things of the world to define us.

Have you ever seen people who kill themselves because they have lost all of their material possessions?

This is what happens when you think the things of the world define you. When you loose it, you feel like you do not have anything to live for. God wants us to have, but He will not give it to us at the cost of our salvation. He is not going to give us material things knowing that they will destroy us and take us away from Him. I am convinced that God wants us to first learn to be thankful and content with what we have first, and then He will add on to what we have. If we are not content in our present circumstances then no matter how much we get, we will always want more. Never being content no matter how much we get.

In closing, Thanksgiving season is beyond eating, it is even beyond being thankful, it is also about being content with the things that God has given you and not complaining about the things that you have not yet received. As Christians, like Paul, we must always remember our purpose. Black Friday, shopping, and over eating is all fun but we also have an ultimate purpose to give back and show others through our behavior who Christ is. This is done in the hope that they too will believe by simply observing us. And that is a call that all of us Christian haves on our lives, first and foremost.

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About Sophia Reed

Sophia Reed is a single mother of one. She has a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently pursuing her PhD in human behavior. She enjoys mixing her education and experiences with her Christian beliefs through her blog at Therapy Counseling.

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