The apostle Paul writes about this in his letter to the Philippians. As I read this and other parts of the bible about contentment, I believe the message is intended for us when we are looking at ourselves. When we are reflecting on the me, my life, my surroundings we need to learn to be content and know that no matter what our circumstances we will always have the strength to continue because God is our source of strength. When we look at others, we should be looking at how we can be generous in all ways…spiritually, emotionally, physically, with our time and resources. We must work hard to avoid the worldly perspective of always comparing ourselves to what others have and acting self-focused to try and change that comparison, this is a path to evil and dark behavior. Be thankful for the blessings you have received and have faith in God to provide what you need. May God’s mercy and grace be with you.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
(This photo was taken in May of 2013 in a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)