Are you content?

A phrase I’ve heard over again these past few months is “We are in the same storm but not in the same boat!” Many people have really struggled during this period. Juggling work commitments, home schooling, loss of financial shutterstock_522554200security; others have battled with mental illness or loneliness. Some may have faced illness themselves or been caring for sick family members, or have even lost those they love. For others it has provided opportunities and may even have been a positive time; one of recuperation, reconnection and rediscovery. In fact, I have spoken to quite a few people who feel guilty that they have enjoyed this time so much! For many it’s been a corona-coaster with emotional highs, lows, twists and turns.

It reminds me of what Paul says in Philippians 4:11-13

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”

The word ‘content’ in the English dictionary means to feel happy or satisfied but biblical contentment suggests more of a conviction that Christ’s power, purpose and provision is sufficient.  We can do all things (even enduring a difficult situation) due to his supernatural strength, not just our own!

Paul explains that he learned to be content; it wasn’t automatic and like any skill, not always easy, takes discipline and practice. Sometimes looking at what those around you are going through is enough to make you realise what you have. For example, our church has given out over 2000 desperately needed food parcels in our seemingly affluent area! It puts things into perspective.

God also wants to share in our good times though, He rejoices in us! So why would we feel guilty when things are going well or when we have what we need? Of course, we must be sensitive but we shouldn’t feel that we can’t share our success stories and display an attitude of gratitude. We have an amazing God and it’s a great witness when we share our good news, are generous with what we have been given and reflect positivity. 

In the words of that famous philosopher Ronan Keating, “life is a rollercoaster…you just gotta ride it” What helps me to be content is I know Christ is right there next to me on the ride called life; on the upward slopes, hurtling downhill and even when I’m going around the bend!!!! He’s holding my hand; He cries with me but He laughs along with me too.

Lisa

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