Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Secret to Contentment
By: Julie Clinton, M.Ad., M.B.A.
Extraordinary Women 2011
"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 everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:12-13 NIV
"Content"—it literally means “desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.” Do you know anybody who lives with such freedom? Content. Satisfied. Settled. Fun to be around. Free.
Despite the hardships and painful circumstances he endured, the Apostle Paul remained content. He was confident in Jesus and recognized that his strength came from the Lord. He learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. God wants to reveal the same secret to you—to be content with your life and the assignments you’re given, trusting His strength to make it possible.
But, as you and I both know, being content is not easy. When money is tight… your kids are out of control… your boss is demanding too much… your husband is being, well, you know… life circumstances can bring about discontent.
Use this to your advantage. It is probably a sign that He wants to take you deeper still. He wants you to learn that though life is tough, He is present in your anger, fear, insecurity, and depression. He is your strength when you feel the job is too big or you can’t go on. Rest in Him and discover the contentment that only the Holy Spirit can give.